May 25, 2016—With Memorial Day Weekend predicted to be a record-breaking travel period only to be eclipsed by the summer as a whole, airlines are no longer waiting on the post-9/11 jobs program known as the TSA to reform itself.
The Transportation Security Administration’s hours-long lines amount to hostage taking, with individual liberty and dignity (not to mention cash and property confiscation) demanded as ransom before anyone is allowed to board an airplane.
Thankfully, airlines and some airports are stepping up to relieve fliers of some of the security theater, although it won’t be cheap, Bloomberg reports.
To keep the TSA busy scoping and groping, American, Delta, and United airlines will fork over $4 million each to place their own employees or airport employees in assistant roles for moving bins and travelers along as efficiently as possible. JetBlue and Southwest are also hiring third-party workers.
Where else might those millions of dollars have gone if not for the TSA stranglehold? Actually, there are billions of dollars the TSA is costing the industry.
Airlines for America, a trade group, predicts flight travel to increase 4 percent this year, a record 231.1 million passengers, Bloomberg reported. But that increase could have been much bigger, according to a poll from the US Travel Association, which found more than one-fifth of people said long security lines kept them from flying, a cost of $4.3 billion to the industry during the summer months alone.