I’ve just returned from a business trip to St John’s, Newfoundland. The Pit thread on the humiliating intrusion and ludicrous inefficiency of having my bags and person rummaged through three times each way I’ll do later; for now I have a General Question.
My boarding passes for the St. John’s - Newark and Newark - Houston legs of my journey carried the letters ‘SSSS’ on the main part of the pass and its stub, separate from all other printed symbols and identifications. The passes for my outbound legs did not carry this designation.
In Newark, when I went through security to get my connecting flight after having passed through customs, this code seemed to set off the obnoxious TSA rep who was guarding the metal detector. Upon looking at my boarding pass, he took out a purple pen and drew throught the ‘SSSS’ designations, then insisted on examining every item of my carry-on, including flicking through the contents of my wallet, something that no one has never been done in dozens of flights I’ve made since the TSA was formed. I know I’m sounding paranoid here, but have I been put on a list for extra scrutiny?