On November 19, 2001, The Transportation Security Administration was created as a part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. Originally a part of the Department of Transportation, it was moved over to the Department of Homeland Security on March 25, 2003.
As the TSA settled into their role and American airports, travelers began complaining about the hassle of heightened Airport Security measures that were in place after the Islamic Terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Americans were being made to pass through metal detectors, passed over with detecting wands, and had their luggage sent through an x-ray machine.
Well, after the embarrassment that President Barack Hussein Obama’s Administration experienced over the failed “Underwear Bomber”, Scooter and Janet Big Sis Napalitano took it upon themselves, without running it by Congress or anyone else, to install an extremely invasive system of physical pat downs of passengers, ranging from 3 year olds to seasoned citizens.
As time marched on under the Obama Administration, the TSA became infamous for their intrusive pat-downs and revealing x-rays in airports across the nation.
Now, well into the fifth month of the last year of the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama (Thank God), the incompetency of the TSA is more egregious than ever.
The New York Post reports that
The TSA’s notorious checkpoint delays were so bad at Chicago’s O’Hare airport over the weekend that an airline had to set up cots for its fliers.
“We held 30 flights [on Sunday], and 450 passengers missed their flights because of TSA delays,” American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein told The Post.
“This weekend was probably the worst since spring break,’’ said the rep, whose airline was forced to put out about 100 cots for stranded customers. “Our concern is the summer, which is spring
break every day from June till September.’’
A federal source blamed the nightmare weekend on the Transportation Security Administration’s long-standing issues of too little manpower combined with a seasonal surge in air traffic.
“All major hubs are sitting ducks for outrageous lines at any given moment in time,’’ the source warned.
Travelers were advised to arrive at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead for international take-offs — but fliers griped that even that wasn’t enough for them to
get through security in time.
The lines were so long at one terminal that American Airlines workers had to remove some kiosks just to make room for the throngs.
“People were breathing heavy and freaking out,’’ said Chicago resident Christina Jack, 54, who arrived from O’Hare into LaGuardia Airport in Queens on Monday.
“There was a gentleman near me who started panicking and yelling, ‘I’m going to miss my flight! I’m going to miss my flight!’ They pulled him out and put him right up at the front of the short line.”
“I was lucky, I missed the early-morning rush,’’ she said, noting that it took her “just’’ a little more than two hours to wade through security.
American and other airlines say they are hiring extra workers to do whatever they can to move things along themselves, such as using employees to run empty metal-detector bins back up to the
front of the line.
The federal source said airports’ wait time “depends on the changing demand of flights on any given day in these hubs.
They include LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports, which the TSA admitted last week all had increased wait times since last year.
Passengers at O’Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a TSA checkpoint.Photo: Getty Images
A total of around 4,000 American passengers have already missed their flights because of TSA delays since February, including 800 in the past week alone, the airline said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday urged the TSA to beef up its airport canine patrols, which could help process twice as many passengers an hour, proponents say.
The move is one of several that the beleaguered agency hopes to use to ease the situation.
Outcry over the delays prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to beg fliers last week to “be patient’’ as the government tries to speed up the screening by also paying overtime and hiring more workers.
In the past three years, the feds cut the number of screeners by 4,622, or about 10 percent, in the hopes that passengers would use an expedited screening program called PreCheck.
But as of this spring, only a little more a third of the anticipated 25 million fliers actually enrolled in the program — and Johnson said it would likely take four more years to reach the TSA’s goal.
Congress did just allocate an additional $34 million for extra TSA staffing, which includes the hiring of 768 more screeners, bringing the total to 42,525. But the president of the union
representing TSA officers has said an additional 6,000 are needed.
Meanwhile, airlines say they are expecting a record number of fliers this summer.
So, how did we get to the point where a Government Agency is preventing average American Travelers from catching their flights comma due to the incompetence of that agency’s representatives?
The Obama Administration, time and time again, has shown that they perceive the American Public as a bunch of ignorant “sheeple”, to be cared for from cradle to grave and led around by their shepherd’s crook.
Over the past several years, they would put in place new TSA Procedures, in an arbitrary manner, without a thought as to the cor effectiveness of them.
Obama did not publicly announce these new security measures, because he thought that Americans would just passively go along with them.
Remember the story about putting a frog in a pan of water and placing it on a stove?
The story explains that if you turn the heat up gradually, the frog adjusts to the conditions and stays in the pan, until it is eventually par-boiled.
That’s what has happened to us during the reign of King Barack The First, America.
Obama and his bunch expected us to simply adjust to the intrusive incompetency of the “security measures” of the TSA without saying a word.
Between the unwanted usurpation of America’s wishes that is Obamacare, to Obama’s touchy-feely Draconian Security measures, he and his administration have led the country around like a bunch of ignorant sheep.
What they did not count on and still do not understand, is the American spirit. We are a stubborn lot, or in Biblical terms, a stiff-necked people, as Obama is finding out, with his present attempt to force American schools to let Dress-wearing Johnny into the girls restrooms and locker rooms.
The spirit that flowed through our pioneer ancestors, still resides in the people of this nation. That’s what sets us apart for other nations. That spirit of freedom that caused America to be carved from a hostile wilderness, the faith that Americans can overcome any obstacle that is thrown against us, thanks to the inalienable rights bestowed upon us by Our Creator.
Our rights do not come from some totalitarian idiot who insists that we share our wealth and give up our freedom for the greater good of the state.
That very fact is what is shaking the rafters of the Halls of Power in Washington, DC and it’s the reason that American Businessman and Entrepreneur, Donald J. Trump, it’s going to be the Next president of the United States of America.
The symbol of America is not a sheep, it is an eagle. Since ancient times, the eagle has been considered a sign of strength; Roman legions used the animal as their standard, or symbol.
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin chose the symbol for our country to inspire us to be a strong and independent people.
This coming November let us soar like eagles, not acquiesce like sheep.
Until He Comes,