As I wrote earlier this month, TSA incompetence and stupidity — combined with American populace passivity — are causing thousands of people to miss their flights. The amount of time travelers are supposed to allow to get through airport security keeps ballooning — from one hour to two hours to, now, three hours before their flights. And that’s for domestic flights, mes amis, not just international ones.
Yet despite the copious coverage of this insanity, people keep flying. They not only keep flying, they’re increasing their flying. They keep planning vacations, they keep taking trips they don’t have to take, they keep putting up with being abused, and they keep complaining — just read the comments at Jonathan Turley’s post on this. Yet they will do nothing to resist.
Guess things must not be so bad.
I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I’ll say it again: unless you’re forced to travel for work or for a family/medical emergency, you don’t have to fly. You’re choosing to fly. You’re choosing to risk missing your flight. You’re choosing to be treated like cattle to the slaughter. Your behavior is telling the airlines and the TSA that you’re pefectly content to be abused.
When people get what they ask for, I don’t see how they can be surprised.
(Cross-posted at ABombazine)
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:
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)