Get rid of all the TSA employees and hire ones employed by a private company.
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.
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
Ask yourself the question, what type of people have hijacked planes and flown
them into buildings. Maybe just run those people through security.
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...)
@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.
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.
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.
@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.