“Transportation Security Administration: Isn’t planning any furloughs; will rely on a hiring freeze and reductions in overtime, according to a union official”
Here’s the link.
Ken Braun says that long lines at airports are all my fault. Look here.
Napolitano says that we should not yell at TSA agents.Look here.
Remember this? “The Obama Administration claimed the cuts would cause massive back-ups at security checkpoints. It didn’t. They said international travelers would face gigantic waits at Customs and Immigration facilities. We haven’t. They warned the closure of 147 air-traffic-control towers at lightly used airports would devastate commercial aviation. It won’t. Besides, a flurry of last-minute lawsuits has delayed any shutdowns until at least June 15.”
So if nothing has occurred that impacts the number of planes that can fly nor the number of TSA agents to screen people , then why did I spend 45 minutes trying to get through Seattle airport security on a Friday morning?
And it is not my fault, Ken. I have a routine that I follow every time I go through security but, until Friday, I have never had to remove my handkerchief from my back pants pocket and I have flown as much as 100,000 air miles in a single year.
Air travel sucks today. Bring back regulation. The de-regulation policy has brought lower prices for seats (it used to be passage, remember?) but every bag that I check costs me money while idiots with more carry-ons than a Hyundai can pack in its trunk are free to stuff them in the overhead. Every change in reservations costs me $150 round trip. Really? Really!
And don’t get me started on the customer service, the on board service, the cramped seating, and full airplanes. But if you really want to pick a fight with me, try telling me how pre-screened authorization for travelers is something that I ought to do.
I am so glad that I no longer fly 100,000 miles a year. I don’t have the stomach for it. Nor the cash for all the things that once were included as part of my passage. Tell me again how free markets work to the advantage of the consumer.
I can get a really cheap and uncomfortable seat if I book 30 days in advance, don’t change my reservation, don’t check any bags, and don’t eat on board. I can board last and not find any overhead bins to lay my jacket in without it being crushed by 40 pounds of garment bags. While waiting to board, there are not enough seats in the lounge area and people sit on the floor nearest to electrical outlets for laptops.
The sky may still be friendly but the person I talked with to have my wife and I sit together told me I had to get a seat assignment at the gate.(And I am a SkyMiles member, too!) So I went on line and found that I could pay an additional $40 each for premium seats and we could book seats together.
Did I mention that the tickets were free? They were redeemed for being a good credit card customer. Those two free tickets cost me $600 when all was said and done. That is in addition to taking my clothes off, shoes off, belt off, and removing my handkerchief, pulling my iPad out of a case and sticking it into its own bin. I could not place my lightweight fleece zip-up on it for security reasons. Oh, I did read the sign that says if I was born before this date in 1937 that I could keep my shoes and jacket on while going through security. Shame that I missed that by about 14 years. I am guessing you missed it, too.
Why fly anymore? Well, there is the time vs money trade-off and I can tell you that driving for two days is now more appealing than flying.
If sequestration isn’t the problem then what is?
I think we need to bring back regulation and improve the travelers’ experience with flying.
And if you start telling me about terrorism, I will point out that no other travel mode has this level of security and they are doing just fine. Let’s get rid of this cr@p and get back to serving customers.It is a shame on the flying industry that I prefer government regulation over what we have today,
If you are an executive for Delta, United, Southwest, American, or any of the other 11 airline companies in the US, what are you doing to improve the traveler’s experience with your airline company? I say ‘nothing’. What do you say?