This makes me unhappy

Long lines at Hartsfield.

If you’re thinking about flying out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the July 4 holiday period, get to the airport a lot earlier.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials on Friday added an hour to the suggested arrival time for departing passengers — two hours for domestic flights and three for international flights — because of a surge in travelers.

I am a TSA skeptic. I think some of what they have done is good and necessary and some is bad and CYA oriented.

4 comments

  1. buzzbrockway says:

    I agree with you about the TSA. Many of the regulations are silly.

    I imagine with the events in Scotland today, things for air travelers in the US will get even worse.

  2. jm says:

    It shouldn’t get worse unless

    1) They start screening vehicles again
    2) They increase the number of people they pull aside

    it seem to me, the more people you add, the more lines open up, and the FASTER they can screen. I have not heard about any new rules…except something about not setting your car on fire before you get to baggage claim…

  3. Jeff Emanuel says:

    I can see a day when all parking is done at least 1/2 mile from any airport facility whatsoever, and personal and baggage screening is conducted before boarding the shuttle/train from said parking area to the terminal.

    That’s pretty sad; but then again, so is the pathetically reactive measure of disallowing water bottles and shampoo in carry-on bags.

  4. Chris says:

    Jeff: wouldn’t matter.

    The terrorists want to kill people, not cause damage to an airport. Therefore all they need is a crowd of people. Move the screening a half a mile away and then they will just attack the new screening points.

    It reminds me of the brilliance of the government’s response to the Centennial Park Bombing. They created massive crowds outside the screening point to get into the park. All a suicide bomber needed to do was detonate 2-3 nail coated pipebombs in the crowd outside the screening points to kill way more people (via direct injury and stampedes) then would have been killed before.

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