It seems that no one can escape the Transportation Security Administration’s wrath. Well, not wrath so much as sloth and incompetence. Long lines at major airports are nothing new; even leaving the local airport on my last flight meant some pretty significant waiting in lines, though nothing like what happened at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. On Sunday, over 450 passengers missed their flights because the TSA couldn’t screen them all.
What took the TSA so long to get people through the lines? Well, the company lost a bunch of screener positions after the higher-ups decided to roll out a pre-screener program that nobody signed up for. Just since the beginning of the year, over 8000 people have missed flights just on American Airlines, presumably so the TSA can continue to harass the most famous copilot in movie history, a governor/professional wrestler, and a member of the US Congress. It’s only going to get worse; even though passengers arrived three hours or more ahead of time, there still wasn’t enough time to get all the way through.
“We held 30 flights, and 450 passengers missed their flights because of TSA delays,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein told The New York Post, whose company had to put out cots for stranded travelers. “This weekend was probably the worst since spring break. Our concern is the summer, which is spring
break every day from June till September.’”
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