TSA Precheck Will Now Let You Get into Football Games Faster

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TSA’s Precheck now allows you to get into NFL games.  Crazy, right?  Idemia has started making deals with NFL teams to use Precheck as a “fast pass” for stadiums, starting with the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium and the New York Jet’s MetLife Stadium.  I repeat – crazy, right?  You can even enroll on the spot and use that pre-screening the next time you fly.  Levi’s stadium will also use Idemia’s biometric scanning to “assist in fan experience and security” in the near future, although the company hasn’t elaborated on what that means exactly.

I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around this.  Not because I don’t understand how this works, but because the two systems seem totally separate.  Yes, you’ve got security checking people into the stadium as well, but I guess I see the TSA Precheck as something “serious”.  And maybe I don’t view stadium security in the same light?

What’s neat about the stadium use is that it’s extremely convenient.  If you’re late for a game, you don’t have to panic quite so much.  But at the same time, you’re handing over your personal information just so you can attend a football game.  With more and more security breaches on our hands, is this even worth it?  If enough people sign up, Precheck could lead to others being disadvantaged or being treated with suspicion.  Some might wonder why you don’t have Precheck.  Do you have something to hide?  Which is likely not the case, but it could create that kind of suspicion among security personnel and even other people attending the game.

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I am suspicious about this use.  I think it’s an interesting way to get people into a stadium, but I wonder if the stadium needs that much information from you.  If I buy tickets to a game online, I’m not providing that much data about myself.  Maybe my address, name and some kind of credit card or banking information.  I certainly don’t have to provide my date of birth or my social security number.  Which is why I’m wondering why it’s even necessary?

When it comes to flying, the TSA wants to know who you, where you’re going and why.  And I can understand needing that information.  But I can’t state this enough – you’re just going to a football game, why does this even matter?

I’m not one to spout off conspiracy theories all that often, but I am going to in this case.  Is it possible that the TSA just wants more information on everyone?  In order to qualify for TSA Precheck, you have to jump through a lot of hoops.  Which makes me wonder if this is just a gimmick to get more people enrolled in Precheck.  On the other hand, Precheck is great as you don’t have to wait in line at the airport.  But it’s not worth it if you don’t travel or fly a lot.   Which is why I think there’s more to this than just an easy way to get into a football game.  Maybe I’m being too hard on this and not accepting it for what it is, but something doesn’t seem right with this one.

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