BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The latest effort by the Transportation Security Administration to ease travel for senior citizens is generating muted praise among some groups in South Florida.
Named “MOSES,” or “Move Our Seniors Expeditiously through Security” the program was designed as a way for seniors not a part of “PreCheck” to be led through the often daunting and confusing array of checkpoint lanes.
“We found that just telling seniors to leave on their windbreakers, belts and orthopedic shoes wasn’t working,” said a TSA spokesperson who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “That’s how MOSES was born — or should I say ‘created.’ We thought there is no better way to appeal to an aging South Florida demographic than invoking a name synonoumous with guiding a group to a promised destination.”
Unlike PreCheck, TSA-MOSES requires no pre-registration. Travelers 65 or older should look for a large wooden cane with a curved handle near checkpoints, signifying a MOSES representative is available to guide them through security.
Jim Crisella, director of the South Florida Unified Religion Action Committe, told BocaNewsNow.com that his group is still determining a proper response.
“We’re honestly unsure if we should be applauding the TSA or upset that the agency is invoking the name of Moses. Our members, which include Rabbis, Pastors, Reverends and an Imam are really on the fence. But at the end of the day, Moses is Moses. He’s kind of like the cardboard of religious characters — he serves a purpose, but doesn’t generate a passionate respose. We’re just glad they didn’t go with Jesus — that could have been extremely offensive.”
Crisella said he heard the TSA had considered using the Jesus name — an acronym for “Just Expedite Seniors Unto Security.”
MOSES remains in trial phase at area airports, with the GAO expected to analyze the cost-benefit of the program before greenlighting a launch.
The TSA representative told BocaNewsNow.com that a slogan has already been chosesn if the program is approved.
“TSA MOSES: Your promised gate. Without being late.”
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