TSA: Arrive Early and Still Miss Your Flight!

For months now, there have been so many stories in the news about the fact that airport security lines are getting longer, that the TSA is getting more onerous (as if that’s possible), that people are arriving earlier and earlier and still missing their flights. With increasing numbers of travelers during the summer, things will only get worse. Here are just a few such articles:

Travelers, staff ‘frustrated’ due to hour-long TSA wait times at Denver International Airport: Passengers were advised to arrive 2-3 hours early

TSA comes under fire AGAIN as 6,800 American Airlines passengers miss their flights in ONE week – and it could get worse, company warns

American Airlines Hits Out at ‘Unacceptable’ TSA Lines

TSA woes mean major delays for Philadelphia travelers

TSA Advises Complaining Passengers to Arrive Much Earlier

Charlotte’s airport director urges TSA not to cut staff, warns of delay

Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security

To all of which I have only one thing to say:

Ha ha.

Which is pretty much what I said at the comment I left at the NYT article (the last one in this list). Let’s see if they print it. I left it early this morning:

No sympathy. In fact, laughter. The TSA is an out-of-control criminal agency that abuses people with impunity. It has been doing so for at least the past six years. Yet people put up with it.

Stop flying, people! Stop flying and bring the airlines to their knees. Then things will change. But as long as you’re content to allow yourselves — and your children — to be bullied, harassed, robbed, and assaulted, you’re getting exactly what you asked for. Happy Trails!

(Photo: 01/13/16. KUSA)

  • Dolt

    More TSA lines:

    • The difference is those people were forced to get in those lines. Nobody’s forcing Americans into lines; they’re choosing to do it.

      • Dolt

        Yes, I understand there are flaws in my comparison. I am just trying to illustrate that those who simply comply with government orders – even if they are illegal or unconstitutional orders – never gain anything.

  • Another sucker who signed up for Pre-Check:

    “Liberal dem NJ
    I have TSA pre-check but it is worthless at Newark – Terminal A and at smaller airports. I get a ticket that lets me keep my shoes on, but the biggest time waster is having to take out laptops and liquid-holding bags. My efficiently packed laptop bag is a mess by the time I get it all out. I have one of those TSA “approved” laptop bags that open with laptop still in, but no-one told the TSA that it is approved….waste of money.”


    Contrasted with somebody who gets it — rare in that comment thread:

    “vandalfan north idaho
    Come now, the TSA is merely all security theater, showmanship to keep the war-mongering and fear-mongering on high, so we’re happy to surrender freedom and our taxpayers dollars to the military industrial complex and multi-national security corporations, and all the recipients of their political donations.”


    Somebody else who gets it:

    “JL LA
    Get in line, wait for hours, be prepared for humiliation and don’t even think of complaining. Great mass control method of training Americans to be subservient and obedient. Today we are treated with no less dignity of cattle in order to board or disembark an airplane.
    After a recent airport re-entry into the country, (and coincidently many international flights arrive around the same time), it took well over an hour standing in no less than 3 different long winding lines to be freed. We are held captive, like prisoners. The humiliation is exhausting and ridiculous. One passport stamping agent made fun of the items I had listed on my declaration of bought goods. Seriously. I intend not to fly for a very long time to come and ONLY when absolutely necessary in the future.
    Our system has turned into fascism-lite. Caution it could easily get worse.”


  • The clueless NYT has an editorial about this today. Comment I just left, 7:20 AM:

    Lisa Simeone Baltimore, MD Pending Approval

    Wow. The NYT missing the boat again.

    Pre-Check is a boondoggle. It’s a scam. As even the TSA itself admits, it guarantees nothing. You might not have to take your shoes off, you might not have to take your coat off, you might not have to take your laptop out, you might not get scanned, you might not get groped. Might might might. Ask the tens of thousands of people who’ve forked over their $85 in extortion money only to find out they aren’t spared the abuse everyone else has to go through. Pre-Check is trying to buy back your rights that never should’ve been taken away in the first place.

    And more money for the TSA?? Are you out of your minds? To hire more people to bully, harass, rob, and assault us?

    You, NYT, and everyone who defends this indefensible agency deserve what you get. And, paraphrasing H. L. Mencken, I hope you get it good and hard.


    • Jadeveon Clowney

      Wow. What is up with the New York Times?

      • Well, they shilled for the Iraq war and now they’re shilling for Hillary, so that gives you an idea of their supposed intelligence.

  • Susan Richart

    Re long lines:


    “The United States is to increase the
    number of airport security staff and bomb-sniffing dogs and ramp
    up its pre-screening enrollment efforts in an attempt to address
    airlines’ concerns that long airport lines this summer might
    discourage air travel.”

    • If only they would discourage air travel. But people are willing to put up with anything.

  • Onetinythought

    Tonight, on the national news (broadcast and cable), there was a story about Amy Van Dyken-Rouen being abused and humiliated at Denver International Airport by the Tsa. She is the former Olympic swimmer who is now a paraplegic. She took to Twitter after the event and–breaking news!–the Tsa actually ADMITTED THAT ITS PERSONNEL DID THE WRONG THING, and will be retrained.

    This is the first time in the history of this foul organization that I believe they’ve publicly admitted to being in the wrong.

    • They admit it, and still nothing will change. People will continue to be abused.

    • Susan Richart

      Screeners were “retrained” after the Tom Sawyer incident and the Stacey Armato incidents – but Mr. Sawyer, to whom John Pistole even apologized for his screeners’ actions, was abused a second time over his ostomy bag and Ms. Armato’s abuse at the hands of Phoenix screeners continued.

      Somewhat sadly, Ms. Van Dyken has changed her story a bit from her original Instagram post and now says she is not upset by the pat down but rather how she was spoken to.

      However, the FSD reviewed the tape and based upon that review, said she was not treated properly. So something is strange here. AFAIK, the videos don’t have audio accompaniment. If the FSD couldn’t hear what was being said but says the video showed “misconduct” that seems to imply that the pat down was improper.

      • Onetinythought

        My understanding was that a male screener did the patting.

        • Susan Richart

          I never got that out of her complaint but maybe there was something I missed.

        • TestJeff Pierce

          Hard to tell. The STSO was male, but it may have been a male screener. The article I read never mentioned she was a paraplegic.

          I also don’t believe the TSA did anything wrong during the pat down…any criminal touching should be the standard procedure.

      • Susan Richart

        This whole thing has become a CF:

        She seems to be flip-flopping a great deal. Here’s part of one tweet from yesterday:


        “but I’ve already had a background check and was never offered a private screening.”

        Further, a statement allegedly from TSA at DIA doesn’t say anything about viewing the video:


        Yet I think she said initially that the FSD had looked at the video.

        • What amazes me is these people think a private screening is somehow better. Where are their brains??

  • Marie Shively

    I only fly when I have no other way to get there. I’m flying to my only brother’s funeral soon and I’m dreading the crap I and my family will have to go through at a time when I can barely keep it together.

  • Joey Bach

    I have previously promoted the possibility of getting back the fee paid to the TSA when they fail to screen in a timely fashion. This however may just be an inconvenience since the TSA always can ask for emergency funding.

    The fastest method to bring the TSA in-line would be to boycott the airlines with a caveat — you must call them and tell them (the airlines) that you are taking an alternate method of travel or none at all. If more calls are made of this nature then the economic pressure may actually push both the administration and the legislatures (Senate and House) to actually reign in the TSA.

    As for the judicial side (the third tripod), I believe inquiries need to be made to the ACLU and other organizations that may have the ability to proceed with a lawsuit.

    To tell people that the organization can not screen people in the 2 hour window for domestic flights that they need to arrive earlier is a joke.

    • I’ve been calling for a boycott for six years. But people in this country aren’t willing to do it. If they were, the airlines could be brought to their knees in as little as three weeks. After 9/11, they were hurting after just 10 days. Again, Americans aren’t willing to undergo even the tiniest bit of sacrifice for this. They’d rather be abused than give up flying for 3 lousy weeks. So it won’t change.

      And Congress? Not enough of them and their family members have been abused yet. And their constituents are more concerned about paying an extra 20 bucks to check a bag than they are about their rights and bodies being violated. They’re constantly bitching and screaming about fees fees fees!, not about getting assaulted by the TSA.

      As for the ACLU, they’ve collected thousands of complaints. But as we’ve written before, they don’t have a good case. So far, the courts have always ruled that for a so-called administrative search, anything goes. The ACLU is more afraid of making bad precedent than no precedent at all. If they bring a case they can’t win, that creates bad precedent. And that will have far-reaching consequences, for years, decades.

      Then again, we already have far-reaching consequences. Because this shit is going to be going on for years, decades.

      • Joey Bach

        The lawsuit is to deal with the time delay — this is about not accepting anything outside of the 2 hour window. If they post it for your information on their website, then they must be able to follow it (this would be considered to be a policy). This is fairly straight forward to seek redress on that issue.

        It takes just two courageous individuals — plaintiff and lawyer — unless the plaintiff is a doing the case pro se or is themselves a lawyer.

        The courts have recently ruled that waiting for a police dog at a traffic stop is a 4th amendment violation. The issue would be to deal with not the search but the time for the search to occur which makes it a violation of the 4th amendment — the unreasonable argument.

        It is one thing to allow an administrative search but there needs to be standards for executing that search plus punishments for failing those standards. It is not good enough to say that you will do X without having a penalty or penalties for failing to do so.

        • “This is fairly straight forward to seek redress on that issue.”

          Good luck with that.

          “It is one thing to allow an administrative search but there needs to be standards for executing that search plus punishments for failing those standards.”


  • Susan Richart

    Lots of articles about long lines in the last few days; too many to be a coincidence. I wonder if it is TSA’s underhanded way of promoting PreCheck,

    • They can promote it all they like. As we know, and as millions of people have discovered the hard way, it’s a crock of shit.

      • Susan Richart

        However, all the articles promote PreCheck.

        • Well, yeah. That’s the stupid, credulous media going along with it. All these so-called journalists swallow everything the TSA tells them hook, line, and sinker. The TSA doesn’t have to do anything underhanded; the media does the TSA’s dirty work for them.

          We’ve been pointing out since December 2011 that Pre-Check is a scam. We’ve written about it so many times I’ve lost count. I’ve been telling my friends the same thing for just as long. Yet many of them have signed up. Just like all these other unthinking thousands out there, they’re trying to get special treatment. Then boo-hoo when they find out they don’t.

          I won’t even bother sending them this post about the long lines. They won’t care. Let them find out the hard way.

    • Dolt

      I actually feel there is much more to it than just new pre-check suckers. I feel like TSA and DHS in general are doing an intentional work slow-down to cause mindless citizens to complain en mass about the WAIT times and then TSA DHS can tell congress they need a ton more money to deal with the “record number” of travelers.

      Note how in every story about this, along with pushing pre-check, TSA’s response is always about staffing and resources.

      • Susan Richart

        I love the part about “more canine teams” and “accelerating hiring”
        neither of which will have any impact on the summer travel season.

        Canine teams are being moved around among airports with long lines; therefore, the airports from which the dogs came then develop their own long lines.

        About all any new hires will be able to do before summer is move bins around.