travellover, I don't want to hijack this thread to have yet another discussion about ridiculous procedures required by TSA employees. I understand why our foreign visitors hate them. I hate them. I do not believe someone groping my bare buttocks has made my world any safer, but I sometimes wonder how perverse a person must be to take so much pleasure in such a ridiculous activity with an old, crippled fat lady.
The bottom line for me is that we still occasionally have people get through security with weapons and explosive devices, and in all the years we have had TSA security they have actually caught 0 terrorists. Yes, we do suspect foreign travelers more than our own citizens unless a citizen has the name of Mohammad or was born in Palestine. In those cases it takes four times as long to clear security, When my little grandson was born Mohammad was included as one of his several middle--eastern names to honor his grandfather. The poor baby was on the no-fly list from the age of three months until he was about four years old. Totally ridiculous.
I would certainly do whatever I could do to avoid as much entry nonesense as possible, and flying into Boston is certainly not a hardship. I have no idea why Homeland Security cannot simply accept ESTA.
Will all these restrictions eventually be lifted? Hard to say. In five more years I will not have to remove my shoes. Well, I really do not always have to remove my shoes because now our boarding passes are printed with some special code and we go through a different TSA line and we do not have to remove our shoes. I have no idea why we have this status, or why we are deemed unrisky enough not to remove our shoes or why there are never any other people in this line. It speeds things up only because there is never a line. Otherwise, aside from the shoes, we have the same identical security check. So these concessions sometimes make me think that one day things will be easier.
However, in the US we seldom remove a restriction once it has been created, particularly if that restriction creates employment. If we reduced the restrictions we might reduce the TSA employees and that would be perceived as a bad thing. I suspect it is difficult for sexual deviants to find employment that is so satisfactory in the private sector of our economy.
So....my best guess is that the restrictions will never be lifted if we still have a United States of America after we stop paying our bills at the end of the week. I am thinking of converting all my currency to Euros and smuggling it out of the country if I can just figure out a way to do so without being detected.