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All those naysayers that dismissed the idea that a government run, fully-unionized workforce couldn’t make travel safe yet efficient were clearly wrong. From the New York Times:
Security lines at airports are getting longer — much longer — and wait times could reach epidemic levels when air travel peaks this summer, according to airlines, airports and federal officials
No worries though, therapy to the rescue:
Airport workers walked up and down the line with therapy dogs and handed out bottled water and candy to travelers
Nothing calms me after missing a flight like a little canine therapy and aqua fria.
Why the troubles? Turns out the economy is to blame:
“Where it starts is actually a volume issue,” said Mr. Rasicot, who was previously a senior official with the United States Coast Guard, as was the TSA’s administrator, Peter V. Neffenger. “It’s really a good-news story. The economy is doing well, Americans are traveling more, and this equates with record numbers at our checkpoints.”
But at least they are proficient:
There are other factors at play as well. Last year, the agency vowed to make changes to security and screening procedures to address widespread safety lapses that had been uncovered by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.
The audit found that agents had failed to spot weapons and explosives in 95 percent of the undercover tests. The findings prompted criticism by some former and current TSA employees, who claimed that the agency was keen to keep passengers moving quickly through the lines.
I played football at a small high school and we routinely got our butts kicked…..my buddy would say “We were small, but we were slow.”
Sounds about right.