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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why The Sudden Increase In Wait Times With The TSA?

Here's the Nonsense:  The long waiting lines for TSA security checks at airports show that passengers aren't ready when they get there and that the TSA is obviously understaffed.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The sudden change in the amount of time it takes to get through TSA security checks is not caused by passengers.  This is nothing but a government agency causing pain for businesses and passengers by using their power to get what they want.

We've all heard the stories.  Some reading this have even experienced the recent increase in delays due to TSA wait times.  Reports abound about the many who've missed flights due to the TSA in recent days.  What's going on?  Why the increase in waiting time?  The government is blaming the passengers, but passengers are doing nothing different than they have been now for years.  Is there a new terror threat or something else that has slowed things down?

The TSA has increased the recommended time to allow before your flight to go through security processing.  Now they are saying that passengers should arrive 2 hours prior to flight time for domestic flights and 3 hours in advance for international flights.  But even that has proven not to be enough to make it through TSA security checks without missing scheduled flights.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has even increased their recommended arrival time prior to flights by an additional hour over the TSA's recommendations.

The TSA has tried to pass complaints about the situation off as being the fault of passengers not being ready.  While there may periodically be new passengers who don't travel often and don't know the process, the fact is that getting through TSA security checks is not a hard process to figure out, even for someone who's new at it.  The idea that thousands of passengers are being slowed down because of not being ready is ridiculous.

And there's no sign of an increased terror alert that would cause a slowdown due to extra scrutiny by the TSA.

No, as usual the government doesn't want to be honest with the citizens.  They want to point fingers and blame, but never take responsibility.

Just a couple weeks ago USA Today reported that the TSA asked Congress for more money to cover increased costs for the summer surge of travelers.  Congressional committees considered the $34 million request to cover the hiring of 768 new officers and overtime pay for the other 42,400, but only the Senate approved it.  The House said it will study the proposal.

Now the finger-pointing has Congress saying that Homeland Security didn't plan properly.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned of longer lines and delays without the approval of funding.

Isn't it interesting that less than 2 weeks later we suddenly have long lines and delays causing delayed flights and missed flights?  Any half-wit can plainly see that the TSA must be creating a slowdown to try to pressure Congress to give them what they want.

This is the typical kind of abuse of power being used to manipulate results and get what they want from the politicians.  Airlines and affiliated businesses are now incurring increased costs due to flight delays and passengers missing flights altogether.  Passengers are incurring inconvenience, increased costs, and aggravation due to what is happening.  

In the end, Congress will give the TSA what they want.  It will have cost businesses and citizens more in actual costs in addition to the increased costs to taxpayers.  More government waste!  More reason to throw the bums out in the upcoming election.

For your travels, my suggestion is to skip flying to your vacation location this year (if you are one of the people who can still afford to go on vacation).   Take a driving trip and you'll see sights you'd never see when flying.

I've spent most of my working life having to travel for business.  It was not uncommon to fly across the country a couple times each week.  And as service has fallen and then the TSA hassles increased, I decided that I wasn't going to go through that mess unless I had to anymore.  So, when I travel I try to schedule things so that I can take the family and make it a road trip.

We've rediscovered a wonderful experience that I remember from my youth when my parents would take us on vacation.  We see the countryside all across the nation.  There's a lot of beautiful places in our country and everyone should get a chance to see them.  Small towns, meeting local people, and stopping to see less famous, but still important historical sites make for fascinating trips and good education, too!

I'd highly recommend not letting the battle between Congress and Homeland Security ruin your trips.  Try taking a drive and you'll enjoy a relaxing, interesting, and fun time on the road whether it's for business or pleasure.