TSA and traveling [video]
TSA and traveling [video]
TSA is the classic example of the ancient adage “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” TSA claims they need more screeners. Because the highly trained highly motivated folks with blue latex gloves are doing such a stellar job. So the airports and the airlines are trying to help speed up the TSA checkpoints (or bottlenecks to be truly accurate). Memorial Day weekend 2016, the airlines and airports are doing TSA’s job. Bloomberg says this:
U.S. airlines and airports are spending millions on added workers to avoid a repeat of long security lines, as the coming Memorial Day weekend kicks off what’s expected to be a record year for summer travel.
“We are concerned for this weekend, where we’ll see higher than normal flight loads,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines Group Inc. “That will just continue into June and pretty much all the way to September.”
Sadly, TSA has not been able to accommodate the travel patterns. Or predict them it seems. Over the last 15 years someone surely saw the need to change staffing, right? Oh never mind that is the airlines and airports.
American, Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. each are spending about $4 million at their busiest hubs to assist TSA agents, in part by hiring contract workers. JetBlue Airways Corp. also is hiring third-party staff, while Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers are assigning some of their own employees to help expedite security lines.
Seriously? So to assist piss poorly trained TSA agents, temps will be brought in? What could possibly go wrong? TSA cannot staff the airports during peak travel times? Really? Fortune Magazine says this
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is taking several steps to shorten airport lines including moving officers to different posts, but still lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times, Administrator Peter Neffenger said in a Congressional hearing Wednesday. According to Neffenger, TSA is seeing how it can re-deploy officers who are trained to detect irregular passenger behavior to posts where they check traveler documents, thereby freeing up others to staff the physical screening machines. “There are efficiencies we can gain in the way we deploy our people,” Neffenger said.
Tweet from O’Hare. At least 3 hours wait.
— O’Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) May 16, 2016
The agency has been around since early 2002 right? There should have been at least one study of travel patterns they referenced right? How about maybe training TSA to profile? Or screening the screeners and training them to do their jobs and know what the hell people are bringing on the flight. I last flew in 2011 and vowed to never fly again. From the TSA agent who had no idea why I had an ice pack for insulin (should be kept cold, their webpage said it was ok to bring icepacks) to the one who did not know what a cooling pad for a laptop was (seriously) to horror stories of stuff being stolen from the checked bags (and the cloth suitcase the geniuses at TSA ripped) travel by air is a last resort at best. And I am not the only one who feels this way.