If you missed your airline flight because the screening process is taking so long, whose fault is it?
Aviation security fees were hiked in 2013 to make it a faster process. This raised an extra $1.2 billion, to make it a faster process.
But in a classic case of government lying about what and why it charges us, that money was diverted, supposedly for deficit reduction.
It didn't go to making things smoother at the airports.
In addition, the TSA is losing its workforce in big numbers. Screeners are now down by 5,000 from 2013.
At the same time, passenger volume has risen 15 percent, to 740 million. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics expects that number to pass 800 million this year.
Congress has put an extra $34 million in the TSA budget, and they are hiring about 750 extra screeners. But these are just bandages on a deep wound.
Consider this: This sad tale reinforces the notion that anything government can do, private companies can do better.
And many airports are looking in that direction.
The Congress and the TSA hierarchy have some serious fixing to do on this problem, and they should have done it before now.
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