The quatrain acronym is often assigned randomly but is a horrifying lottery: flying from or to the United States will never be good news.
If you are about to board a plane and your boarding pass appears sealed the strange code ‘SSSS’, better prepare for problems. This is a sign known to airport security officials and indicates that the person in question should be subjected to further inspections.
In spite of their harmless appearance, the four ‘S’ translate as Secondary Security Screening Selection (or more precisely Secondary Security Screening Selection). The acronym is used to control passengers traveling to or from US territory. and assumes that the so-marked has been chosen at random to undergo a thorough inspection at security checkpoints. And that process can last for hours, according to social networks some of the many affected.
The additional inspection includes baggage checks, body searches and identity validation of anyone carrying the ‘mark’ on their boarding pass, a task carried out by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The measure was established by US intelligence after the September 11, 2001, bombing in New York.
According to the TSA, passengers are chosen at random, although some of the ‘victims’ of the code say they have been subjected to these inspections repeatedly. Among the factors that make it easier to enter the body’s ‘blacklist’, they say, are made as simple as paying the cash ticket or buying just one ticket, Daily Mail writes.
Another drawback determined by the assignment of an ‘SSSS’ is that you will not be able to print your boarding pass on the airport’s self-billing machines.
And one more detail: if the passenger refuses to undergo this additional inspection, they will not let him get on the plane.
However, there is a way to get off the ‘blacklist’ and get rid of the nefarious code. According to users, an application – and submitting necessary documentation and evidence – must be filed with the US Department of Homeland Security’s TRIP or “Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.”
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