Posted by William Charles on May 15, 2016
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Published on May 15th, 2016 | by William Charles

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Recap: 1 Free Night For Every 3 Stays, ResellingDO3, Price Matching Food, Crazy TSA Line & More

 



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TSA: An 8 billion dollar a year act in security theatre…

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Actually, forgot to mention that this looks like ORD. Last time I flew out of ORD, they had rougly 8 lines allocated to standard transit, but 12 allocated to TSA-pre. There was no wait for pre and only 1-2 lines being used at any given time. I’d bet DHS is pulling this to secure more funding.

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Correction MDW

Ken
Ken

The more pain they can cause everyday people the easier it will be to complain that they need to double their budget. Of course, anybody with half a brain would see through this as just another Gov’t ploy to take more money.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

The whole TSA cluster is caused by a false assumption they would get more people to voluntarily enroll in TSA-Pre. Problem is Pre A) costs enough money that its not cheap and B) is generally a PITA to sign up. Most travelers don’t fly more than once a year, if that, so why bother? I don’t think it was intentional, just a poor assumption made by someone at the TSA of how well this program would be embraced by the public. We can moan and groan about how incompetent and bureaucratic they are, all the while rolling our eyes at the false sense of security they provided, but they’re not going away any sooner than the IRS. The government needs to give them more money to hire more personnel to operate and the problem would be solved. One of the few things that can be fixed almost entirely with money in fairly short order.

Ken
Ken

They don’t need more personnel, that is not the problem. When we’re sitting in security theater for an hour and there’s 1 TSA person actually checking people, there are always another handful of TSA people just standing around staring at the wall, or talking to each other. If the TSA people would actually do their job there would be no problem, but they just stand around twiddling their thumbs. It’s classic government waste. Or if TSa decided to be more efficient with their staffing. For example, they don’t need an army of TSA people when there’s low airport traffic. But that’s what they do. They staff tons of TSA people when there’s low demand, and when there’s tons of people needing to go through security that army of TSA people is nowhere to be found. How convenient.

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