Dear TSA: You suck

Senator Johnny Isakson’s letter to the Secretary of the Transportation Safety Administration was a bit more diplomatic than the above, but the gist is pretty much the same. Writes Isakson:

I am writing in regards to delays at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. I remain concerned that TSA


  1. megan says:

    I have to say that my experiences have been just the opposite – even when I turn the corner and am greeted with hundreds and hundreds of people in line for security, I’ve never (now I’m jinxing myself) waited more than 30 minutes and often it’s less than 15. I’m consistently impressed with the performance of our TSA people, especially compared to the three other airports I’ve visited over the past 5 months (Salt Lake City, LaGuardia, and National (in DC). National in particular struck me as a ‘toy’ airport – only two security lines, and it took about 25 minutes to clear a dozen people.

    On the other hand, maybe I’ve just been lucky – I missed the power outage debacle last week by fewer than 24 hours.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    My Girlfriend flies almost every week and she’s never had an issue with security. But she also knows the process inside and out.

    Admittedly, there are a lot of casual fliers who don’t know the procedures and slow things down for everyone else…you’d be surprised how many people forget to take out their change or take off their belt…these little things do add up. But I’m not blaming someone who flies only on holidays or foe a onece a year vacation.

  3. NonPartisanGA says:

    Maybe we should make those TSA screener positions union jobs like dems wanted. I am sure that will make them more efficient and effective. LOL

  4. candlerpark says:

    I know where you are coming from, non-partisan, but think about it . . . Could they actually be worse if they were union?

    I had some union jobs in my college years & although I can say alot of amusing things about those jobs & the characters I worked with, I could never say that those guys did not know how to do their jobs well, inside & out backwards with their eyes closed.

    I think the problem with the airport stuff may have alot to do with the TSA not being union . . . maybe if they made a little bit more cash we could get better people (or more people) to do the job.

    Just my 2 cents

  5. NonPartisanGA says:


    You are right that being union does not necessarily equate to worse employees any more than it does higher wages going to the employee. It simply means more union dues and that it is much more difficult if not impossible to sever employees that are not doing their job.

    People in any job with any semblance of a work ethic will do it well, particularly in a position where you may save the lives of a plane load of people. If another dollar an hour makes you work harder in a public safety capacity, good ridance you need to get another job where lives are not on the line.

    Any business or entity that cannot fire incompetent employees like in union shops or the government sector is likely to have problems.

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