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- For $100, you can get an American Global Entry card "that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States." Again, no lines and you just walk through. I believe it speeds things up for domestic flights too.
Both of these programs do a little vetting of you before issuing their passes. Worth doing, if you travel much. Definitely a form of profiling. These passes put you in the "guaranteed good citizen" catgory, same way that a carry permit does.
I have a global entry card (along with lots of other higher "trust" ids such as TWIC). This allows you to do the TSA pre-pass on certain airlines (Delta, American, United) at the bigger airports. Bottom line is that most of the time you can walk through a separate line and put your bags on the x-ray belt without taking your computer or liquids out, without taking your belt or shoes off and just walking through the metal detector.
I just did this on Delta in Salt Lake City and the whole experience was astounding. Not only did I bypass the line, but it was very fast and civilized without the groping and undressing you normally do.
It shows what a security system concentrating on the actual bad guys would be like. Sorry Muslims, a little profiling would be great for the other 95% of the US population.