The past 2 times I’ve gone through the First Class/Preferred/Star Gold line in the C check point they have staffed the X-ray machine with trainees. CLT’s X-ray screeners are always “bag check” happy, but with the trainees it takes at least twice as long to get from the TDC to the end of the conveyor with bags and shoes ready to march to the gate.
The C checkpoint has 2 podiums for TDCs (Travel Document Checkers) and 4 X-ray machines feeding 2 WTMDs (Walk Through Metal Detectors). The Elite line is on the left side so passengers going through that TDC will usually stay to the left-most lane(s). Two times in a row the left most X-ray has been staffed by someone in training. How do I know they are in training? They are wearing a plain white button-up shirt instead of the blue shirt with the cheesy badge. The CLT TSOs have had enough issue with my electric toothbrush, but last time the trainee and the trainer spent 3 minutes discussing it. “It must be a brush of some kind, but the head tapers.” “Yeah, it is a brush, but that handle is weird.” This week I tossed that toothbrush (because it hadn’t held a charge for months) so my toothbrush didn’t hold me up, but someone behind me did and I had to wait 3 minutes for a supervisor to come look at the X-ray (because the trainer must have no authority and needs someone else to get anything done). I will reach into the tunnel if my bag is less than 4 inches from the end, but my bag was a good 18 inches back so I stood there.
Maybe they think the elite line is better training grounds since I’d like to think that most people in that line at least know the security prot
ocols. I think they should let the elites get through as fast at they can so everyone has more time to focus on infrequent flyers who don’t realize you can’t bring a cutlery set through security.