That is very strange. I’m an AP and go often. I’ve never just said “I’m an AP” and been waived in
I either A) have my AP card and ID out to show them or B) have my magic band out for them to scan.
Sometimes they look to verify my ID matches my AP card, sometimes they just wave me through. Sometimes they scan my band, sometimes they scan my band and ask my last name, sometimes they don’t scan the band.
Very strange you’ve encountered CM’s that just go on your word of saying your an AP. Anyone could say that