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Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:28 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:28 p.m. MDT

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Danish American
Payson, UT

Get rid of all the TSA employees and hire ones employed by a private company.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Boy does the SLC TSA need some help. When I flew through SLC last week on SouthWest Airlines, the line literally extended to the far end of baggage claim. I fly almost weekly, and Salt Lakes operations are probably the most inconsistent with those found nationally. I am all for ensuring flying is safe, I don't mind the searches, I don't mind doing my part.... but the lines in SLC on the 24th were some of the worst I have seen in many many years.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

The wait point that causes the backup is always at the luggage screening, so the only way to speed things up would be to somehow speed up that step. Sorting by amount of luggage would help get some people through faster but the overall time taken would be the same and if one group is going faster that means another group is going even slower. Short of adding another scanner, I guess the most logical thing would be what they've attempted to do with a decent lack of success, getting everyone to have everything straightened out (laptops, liquid toiletries, shoes, etc) beforehand so that traveler error doesn't hold things up.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Ask yourself the question, what type of people have hijacked planes and flown them into buildings. Maybe just run those people through security.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

When you consider the delays carry on bags cause at security: Airlines need to dump the "per bag" fee for the first two bags and encourage travelers to go back to checking their multiple bags. OR, better yet: Set the carry on limit to ONE ITEM. Travelers need to quit trying to bring three weeks worth of stuff on board the aircraft in multiple carry ons. When your carry on and your "extra bag" are both the same size, and both too big, it is a hassle for everyone. (That's almost as annoying as people who travel slower than the flow of traffic in the left lane of the freeway...)

Respect the 12(Pac)
Salt Lake, UT

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Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@USAlover
"Ask yourself the question, what type of people have hijacked planes and flown them into buildings. "

I'm pretty sure the last guy in the US to fly a plane into a building was some white Texas guy who flew one into an IRS building.

Also, that's just asking for Al Qaida to recruit a couple white people.

Blue AZ Cougar
Chandler, AZ

I don't think adding more scanning machines is the answer. I can't remember the last time I was in an airport security line and saw all machines fully staffed and running. The facilities are there, but they're not utilized. Denver and Salt Lake usually have very long security lines (though at least Denver is usually running the majority of its stations).

One thing that can be improved is the adherence of rules. It amazes me that people still don't know what the TSA restrictions are (water bottles must be empty, 3-1-1 liquid bags, etc). Do people just not fly that often? We've had these rules in place for about a decade now, you'd think travelers would be more familiar with them.

I think having one express lane for TSA pre-check, flight crews, and individuals without any carry-ons would be a good idea. I don't get why first class travelers have any right to an express lane. If they're such frequent travelers, they should just go through the TSA pre-check process.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

My idea can save the country trillions of dollars a year, I'll take a one percent reward and be happy with it.

Repeal the Patriot Act, fire the Homeland Security department and the TSA department and let the airliners pay for and do airline security themselves. They are more involved with their services and how to protect their investments in planes and passengers. Speaking of passengers, they are the most effective security teams to stop terrorism. So far passengers are up many hundreds of times effective and the TSA and homeland security are at zero.

intervention
slc, UT

@my2cents

I think we have all felt the pain of what happens when airlines are left to their own divices. If there were ever a commercial sector that needs out side oversight it is the airline industry, turning security over to the airlines is a sure death sentance waiting to happen.

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