It looks like our friends at DHS are about to make travel easier and safer again.
DHS has apparently decided to extend their “trusted traveler” program, Global Entry. They’re planning to extend it to travelers from Saudi Arabia.
Participants in the program have to present their passports and fingerprints on entry. After doing so, they’re allowed to bypass normal customs procedures and checks when entering the US. Once registered in the program, the status is good for 5 years.
Now, don’t jump to conclusions. Just because over 75% (15 of 19) of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis doesn’t mean anything. Why shouldn’t we give them special entry privileges at customs?
And what does it matter that only a relative handful of other nations meet program requirements have to do with anything? Just because even close allies like France and Germany aren’t currently members of the program doesn’t mean Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be.
Perhaps I should just shut up now, before my ability to be sarcastic escapes me and I start saying what I really think.
In the words Han Solo: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”