As I usually do on the weekends, I drove out to MCI on Friday for a quick visit to some family near RDU. It wasn't enough that they were re-running almost all bags at the US eek checkpoint, they decided to do a "random" check at our gate. Now I'm not sure if this is because our flight was continuing on to DCA, after getting to CLT, or if they were just trying to stay busy. The boarding process commenced, and as I am only Star Gold, and not elite on US, I had to wait until they called zone 1. This gave me about three-four minutes to watch the clerks selecting bags to check. And wouldn't you know, they only searched the people who had backpacks. I've never been grabbed for a gate check (whew), but this seemed to be my lucky day. With just my NorthFace backpack, I was "directed" to the table for additional screening. Here's how it went: Clerk: I'd like to take a look inside your bag FS: Why? Clerk: It's for your safety FS: (thinking to myself what a load of bs this process is) FS: Set's bag down on the table. "Change your gloves" Clerk: Oooo-kay..... FS: While clerk 1 is searching, I say to clerk 2 (So, why are you guys doing this extra screening? Clerk: It's just for your safety FS: Oh, I guess management must not trust that you'll catch things during the x-ray search. Clerk: Struggling for words. At that point, I got my bag back (they only unzipped the compartments, but did not look inside. A pretty half-assed search. I could have had a hatchet, 9mm, or bomb in my bag, and they'd have missed it... Why do we continue to waste money paying the clerks to do this idiotic search?!