• TSA blames you for longer lines at airport security checkpoints

    http://nbc4i.com/2016/05/13/tsa-blam...y-checkpoints/

    By NBC4 Staff and Associated Press Published: May 13, 2016, 2:48 pm Updated: May 16, 2016, 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (WCMH/AP) — Facing a growing backlash over extremely long airport security lines, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Friday asked fliers “to be patient” as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

    Travelers across the country have endured lengthy lines, some snaking up and down escalators, or through food courts, and into terminal lobbies. At some airports, lines during peak hours have topped 90 minutes. Airlines have reported holding planes at gates to wait for passengers to clear security.

    Johnson said the government has a plan to deal with the lines but won’t neglect its duty to stop terrorists.

    “Our job is to keep the American people safe,” Johnson told reporters at a news conference. “We’re not going to compromise aviation security in the face of this.”


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    1. oyarde's Avatar
      oyarde -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
      That was probably me, I always thank the TSA agents.
      Thanks for picking up my slack .
    1. Danke's Avatar
      Danke -
      Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
      Thanks for picking up my slack .
      You fly? I thought you were on the no-fly list.
    1. timosman's Avatar
      timosman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mani View Post
      While after several trips to Japan I will agree with the sentiment they are well known for their efficiency and good customer service, pretty top notch overall, however, my very first trip to Japan was a rather scary moment. After deplaning and walking around for a bit the 200+ passengers followed the signs up the escalator. At the TOP of the escalator less than 10 feet away was a gate. The metal shutter was not open so people stood in front of it and waited......within a few seconds the entire top of the escalator was full of people waiting for the gate to open, but there's another 100 people being brought up the escalator. It got pretty crazy for a few seconds as people starting piling into each other and there was no way to stop it as you'd look below and there's still 100 people coming up the escalator. Thankfully the gate opened before it became true carnage of bodies piling on, people being tossed off the escalator or falling down. It looked like it was about to be a massive train wreck.


      Here I am halfway up the escalator and I see people slamming into each other at the top, people starting to scream as they can't stop themselves from going forward while they see a wall a people in front of them. There's no more room at the top but tons of people keep piling on. WOW, that was a freaky experience. Almost death by escalator. Felt like Lemmings falling off a cliff.
      Nobody noticed the big red button labeled STOP on the escalator?
    1. oyarde's Avatar
      oyarde -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
      You fly? I thought you were on the no-fly list.
      I am a Great American , they cannot embarrass themselves and put me on any lists.
    1. Danke's Avatar
      Danke -
      Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
      I am a Great American....
      Lol
    1. Origanalist's Avatar
      Origanalist -
      TSA blames me, I blame Danke for sucking up to retards in uniform.
    1. Mani's Avatar
      Mani -
      Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
      Nobody noticed the big red button labeled STOP on the escalator?
      Didn't see one....


      Although maybe at the bottom there was one but no one could read Japanese.
    1. Suzanimal's Avatar
      Suzanimal -
      It's not my fault, I rarely fly. The TSA can kiss my ass.
    1. GunnyFreedom's Avatar
      GunnyFreedom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
      http://fox8.com/2016/05/13/phoenix-s...-checked-bags/



      This was Friday. I never check bags.
      Can't carry hand tools and power tools in a carry on.
    1. Suzanimal's Avatar
      Suzanimal -
      The TSA Is So Bad That Delta Has Had to Install Its Own Ultra-Efficient Security Checkpoints
      To help alleviate long lines at Atlanta’s airport, Delta spent more than a million dollars to install a pair of new high-tech security lanes that can handle more passengers simultaneously. When even the airlines, who are happy to charge passengers extra to sit next to their family members, thinks the TSA is doing a bad job, you know there’s a problem.

      The innovation lanes, as Delta’s PR team calls them, still require passengers to shuffle through a metal detector—you can’t escape that part yet. But they allow five passengers at a time to put all of their belongings into those large plastic bins for scanning, instead of the painfully slow one-at-a-time process that currently exists at most airports.

      An automatic conveyor system then moves the bins along into the X-ray machine, so that passengers don’t have to wait around to push them through themselves. Bags that require further inspection are automatically re-routed to another area as they leave the X-ray scanner, so there’s less confusion as to which one needs to be opened.

      The new innovation lanes also automatically return empty bins back to the start of the line, so travelers aren’t left standing around waiting for a TSA agent—whose time could be better spent elsewhere—to slowly stack and carry them back. Unfortunately, having just two of these installed in Atlanta will in no way resolve the problem of excruciatingly long TSA lines that exists across the country, but it might show other airports that there is a better way.
      http://gizmodo.com/the-tsa-is-so-bad...ium=socialflow
    1. Contumacious's Avatar
      Contumacious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
      TSA blames you for longer lines at airport security checkpoints

      http://nbc4i.com/2016/05/13/tsa-blam...y-checkpoints/

      By NBC4 Staff and Associated Press Published: May 13, 2016, 2:48 pm Updated: May 16, 2016, 5:36 pm

      WASHINGTON (WCMH/AP) — Facing a growing backlash over extremely long airport security lines, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Friday asked fliers “to be patient” as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

      Travelers across the country have endured lengthy lines, some snaking up and down escalators, or through food courts, and into terminal lobbies. At some airports, lines during peak hours have topped 90 minutes. Airlines have reported holding planes at gates to wait for passengers to clear security.

      Johnson said the government has a plan to deal with the lines but won’t neglect its duty to stop terrorists.

      “Our job is to keep the American people safe,” Johnson told reporters at a news conference. “We’re not going to compromise aviation security in the face of this.”

      (So how is corraling up thousands of people, unarmed and defenseless, with no clear path to escape keeping them "safe"?)

      The comments reflect a statement released earlier this week after long lines were reported at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airport security checkpoints.

      When asked about those long lines, the TSA essentially blamed you in a press release, specifically passengers who bring too many carry-on items:

      There are several factors that have caused checkpoint lines to take longer to screen passengers… including more people traveling with carry-on bags, in many cases bringing more than the airline industry standard of one carry-on bag and one personal item per traveler;

      Passenger preparedness can have a significant impact on wait times at security checkpoints nationwide…Individuals who come to the TSA checkpoint unprepared for a trip can have a negative impact on the time it takes to complete the screening process.”


      In response, some airport authorities are now threatening to dump the TSA and hire their own private security firms.

      The Transportation Security Administration has fewer screeners and has tightened security procedures. Meanwhile, more people are flying. Airlines and the TSA have been warning customers to arrive at the airport two hours in advance, but with summer travel season approaching even that might not be enough.

      In the past three years, the TSA and Congress cut the number of front-line screeners by 4,622 — or about 10 percent — on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines. However, not enough people enrolled for TSA to realize the anticipated efficiencies.

      Congress this week did agree to shift $34 million in TSA funding forward, allowing the agency to pay overtime to its existing staff and hire an extra 768 screeners by June 15 to bring it up to the congressionally mandated ceiling of 42,525.

      But that might barely make a dent on the lines. This week, the president of the union representing the TSA officers sent a letter to congressional leaders suggesting that 6,000 additional screeners are needed. J. David Cox, Sr. wrote that the $34 million just provides “a small amount of temporary relief for travelers” and defers dealing with the long-term, larger problem.

      Additionally, the agency loses about 100 screeners a week through attrition.

      Airlines and airports have hired extra workers to handle non-security tasks at checkpoints — such as returning empty bins to the beginning of the line — as part of an effort to free up as many TSA employees to handle passenger screening.

      The help can’t come quickly enough.

      Friday morning, American Airlines held at least five flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport because of passengers stuck at security lines, according to airline spokesman Ross Feinstein.

      On the 7:20 a.m. flight to Las Vegas, 52 of the 160 passengers were not onboard 10 minutes before departure. American held the plane an extra 13 minutes past its scheduled pushback from the gate, allowing 23 passengers to hop onboard. However, 29 still missed the jet and arrived on later flights.

      A few gates away, 27 passengers missed their flight to Orlando.

      At another American hub, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, security lines peaked at one hour and 45 minutes on Thursday.

      Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told The Associated Press Thursday that “the longer lines get the more passengers are going to miss flights and there’s not much you can do about that.”

      The biggest help to ease lines is to have more fliers enroll in the PreCheck program.

      Launched nationwide in 2012, PreCheck gives previously vetted passengers special screening. Shoes, belts and light jackets stay on. Laptops and liquids stay in bags. And these fliers go through standard metal detectors rather than the explosive-detecting full-body scanners most pass through.

      PreCheck security lanes can screen 300 passengers an hour, twice that of standard lanes.


      The TSA offered Congress a lofty goal of having 25 million fliers enrolled in the program. But as of March 1, only 9.3 million people were PreCheck members. Applicants must pay $85 to $100 every five years. Most must also trek to the airport for an interview before being accepted. Getting once-a-year fliers to join has been a challenge.

      (So, let me get this straight: you tell people how to avoid advanced screening, so that they can use the same screening procedures that were in place prior to 9/11? And people have to pay good money to be put in a tracking database? $#@!'s sake this $#@!ing country...-AF)

      Johnson Friday said that 10,000 people applied for PreCheck Thursday, up from 8,500 a day in April and 7,500 in March. Still, at that pace, it will take more than four years to reach 25 million members.
      Typical fascist bull s h i t.

      Even though I have NEVER advocated that the federal government meddle in the internal affairs of other nations, according to the sons of bitches it is still my fault.

      Even though I never suggested that Harry S Truman recognize the Jewish State making the majority of residents - 1.5 Muslims - foreigners in their own land,it is still my fault. Even though I never suggested that Harry S Truman declare that the US would permanently militarily defend the new Jewish State it is still my fault.

      The TSA bastards are implying that if you acquire " The National (Socialist) ID Card" then you will go through their checkpoints in 10 minutes.

      And of course, since Article III courts have been abolished we are on our own.
    1. Danke's Avatar
      Danke -
      Just went thru security in Beijing. A young, very fit gal in uniform felt me all over, so I decided to exit and go through that again. Just make sure she didn't miss anything. Safety first.
    1. Suzanimal's Avatar
      Suzanimal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
      Just went thru security in Beijing. A young, very fit gal in uniform felt me all over, so I decided to exit and go through that again. Just make sure she didn't miss anything. Safety first.
      Oh goody, maybe you'll get a cavity search.
    1. Danke's Avatar
      Danke -
      Quote Originally Posted by Suzanimal View Post
      Oh goody, maybe you'll get a cavity search.
      I'm getting a Chinese phrasebook for next time I go.
    1. phill4paul's Avatar
      phill4paul -
      Have to take sis and niece tomorrow. They have to show up 2hrs. early. Hope they make the flight or it might be a long stay in the waiting area for the next. Once I drive away I'm gone.
    1. Contumacious's Avatar
      Contumacious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
      Just went thru security in Beijing. A young, very fit gal in uniform felt me all over, so I decided to exit and go through that again. Just make sure she didn't miss anything. Safety first.
      OK then That was a case of BOTH parties benefiting. Here is the states we have ugly 300 pounders.
    1. Suzanimal's Avatar
      Suzanimal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
      I'm getting a Chinese phrasebook for next time I go.
      First date idea...

      NSFW photos at link

      Beijing S&M Restaurant Is A Hit With Customers

      With drinks served in breast-shaped cups and beers opened with bottle openers shaped like a wooden penis, the father and daughter team behind a Beijing S&M restaurant are encouraging customers to mix food with sex.

      Owner Lu Lu, a 27-year-old divorcee, said business has been good since opening just under a year ago, with young Chinese streaming in to feast on seafood, such as lobster, under the gaze of mannequins wearing bondage gear.

      Lu’s father overcame initial reservations about some of the decor and took charge of the kitchen, dishing up a menu that features items such as ‘Horny’ and ‘Sensuous World’.

      ...

      Apart from one visit by police, Lu said, she has been left to continue to run her establishment, where inflatable naked dolls sit on shelves and waiters wear aprons with breasts on them.

      That may change, though, with Lu planning to ramp up the kinkiness by putting women customers in handcuffs and getting their male companions to feed them.

      One customer was keen for Lu to push the boundaries.”I think they could scale it up a bit,” said 30-year-old technology worker Eric Deng.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...ion=weird-news


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