http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/tsa-o...et-more-fliers-speed-through-lines-6C10701860 If I recall correctly, TSA has no ties to the actual airlines themselves. They're government-funded through Homeland Security. Please feel free to correct me. So I can buy an airline ticket; and if I've paid for some membership with the airlines, or I join a frequent flyer program through my credit card company; AND now I can pay the government to speed me through the security line. If I don't have a frequent flyer program membership, or I don't pay the government, I have to take a slower route. Those of you who are more familiar with the governmental/legal processes -- this sounds to me like TSA is saying they'll inhibit--not keep you from, but inhibit--travel if you don't pay the "toll." Please feel free to set me straight.