I have some strong philosophical objections to the security at airports. I think it’s just a lot of theater for the illusion of safety and all it does is cause a lot of inconvenience and delay.
To add insult to injury, they now offer a way to bypass that inconvenience and delay if you pay. That’s extortion, plain and simple.
In spite of these strong feelings, yesterday I went to a precheck place and paid my fee. In two to three weeks, I’ll have a number that lets me go to the short security line that lets me keep my shoes on. I caved. I feel dirty.