re: #75 Dread Pirate
It’s not “special privileges.” It’s a rational allocation of limited security resources - if I want to go to the trouble of getting cleared as someone who’s not a threat (which is a significant commitment of *my* time and resources), border agents don’t have to spend time clearing me again and again, and can instead focus their limited resources on travelers who don’t cross often and aren’t known to them.
If it’s working (and in practice, it works very well), it speeds things up for EVERYONE, because this way I’m not in your lane, either. And if you cross often enough to make it worth your time and effort, you should be able to get pre-clearance, too. The program is, or should be, open to anyone who wants to use it.