Monday, March 31, 2008
For the last several years, almost every time I clear security at US airports, my boarding pass is marked “SSSS” and I have additional security screening. I am called a “Secondary”. I have asked for years why this always happens to me and no one has an answer at the airport. Thus, I am turning to the Internet to see what I can do to stop hemorrhaging time on excessive security checks. Or is this my fate as an international man of mystery?
I am always amazed when visiting the Bay Area (aka Silicon Valley) in terms of the poor connectivity – both in terms of Wi Fi coverage and cellular phone coverage. Weak signals on the mobile phones. What little Wi Fi there is is often corporate or proprietary (e.g., T-Mobile’s) and a bit on the expensive side (compared with Wi Fi in Asia). Seems quite ironic that connectivity is so poor in the heart of the global innovation engine.