Yelp Adds Ratings for TSA Airport Security Checkpoints

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 August 2015
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A security checkpoint at Terminal 7 at JFK

A security checkpoint at Terminal 7 at JFK

Review site Yelp announced an agreement with the U.S. government that will allow federal agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration as well as parks, landmarks, and other destinations already listed in Yelp to actively participate on Yelp pages.

The site is encouraging Yelpers, as its members are called, to review these places and post good or bad feedback about personal experiences there.

Yelp said it believes that “Washington is eager to engage with people directly through social media” in making this announcement.

Already a few ratings have been posted and the TSA PreCheck Center, which handles registration for the trusted traveler program, has a five-star rating, albeit with only two reviews.

Reviews of TSA checkpoints are markedly less positive.  The checkpoint at Terminal C-3 at Newark Liberty International Airport has a three-star rating after three reviews while the checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport’s Concourse C has one review and one star.

For the checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 7, which currently has a 3.5-star rating, comments range from the positive (“Wow! Fast! Efficient! Not what I expected.”) to the ironic (“Without the LAX TSA, some people might make it to their flights on time.”).

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