No, they did not upgrade me. The woman at the check in counter stamped SSSS in bright pink on my boarding pass, which meant that I had to go through extra screening. It is all fine and dandy if everyone had to go through it and it was the norm or if people going thru the humiliation weren't called Secondary and paraded in front of all the other normal passengers, singled out, humiliated and mocked at by security personnel, whose ABC of public manners leave a lot open for questions.
I know how sad it must be for them to go through people's personal items and dirty underwear, and carry our shoes for us from one place to the other, while we are being paraded bare-footed while they completed their search for the missing link in your carry ons.
But I don't understand why I am being singled out for this special treatment as I pass in and out of US airports and demand an explanation. And an explanation I hope to get:
Here's my email to the Air Canada customer service:
Dear Customer Service People,
I have just gone through the most humiliating experience in my life ever - and singled out for extra screening, called a secondary and laughed, ridiculed and mocked at the San Francisco Airport, because the Air Canada staff at the check in counter singled me out for extra screening. I would like to know why? And I would like to know whether my ethnicity, race and colour had anything to do with it? I demand a full explanation please.
Their website says to give them five days to respond. Let's keep counting folks!
I have twittered my experience at @JustAmira