Went through security today, handed in my printed online boarding passes which read “API OK” (Advance Passenger Information). I was told that wasn’t acceptable, I had to go to the ticket counter to get a “real” boarding pass. So I went to the next line over where they happily took my “homemade” one.
There was nothing extra at security or passport control. I was flying through an airport that pre-clears US immigration.
The airline called for boarding a bit earlier than usual, and everyone had to go through an additional screening before reaching the aircraft.
Men and women were separated into lines staffed by same sex officers. I got a pat down, but it wasn’t at all invasive. They certainly wouldn’t have found anything hidden in my more private regions. They asked me to empty my pockets, but didn’t inspect the items I removed. They asked me to open my carryon, the rustled around the items on top but didn’t get anywhere below the first level of packing and didn’t open up any of the zippered compartments. The opened my laptop bag but didn’t ruffle through the compartments.
They checked to be sure my water wasn’t opened, as “unsealed” liquid containers had to be disposed of before reaching the aircraft. But they simply told passengers that and pointed towards trash bins past the screening area. Folks were free to dispose of those liquids on their own (or not, as most simply ignored the order).
I suppose we could just call it a government jobs program rather than a security exercise. But really, it was much ado about nothing. And thanks to the early boarding call, everyone was on the aircraft and in their seats about 14 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.