Airlines will pay for help organizing lines, but they won't cut baggage fees, which could cut lines significantly. Oh, the irony of modern aviation.
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Over in the quickly-spiraling-out-of-control world that is the airport screening line, things aren’t looking good for summertime travel. At a news conference in Chicago’s Midway Airport last week, TSA chief Peter Neffenger conceded that there’s little the agency can do to alleviate high season loads, despite more funding from congress and an increasingly exasperated traveling public.
With few alternatives, at least one airline is taking matters into its own hands. American Airlines just allocated $4M in funding to hire security contractors tasked with smoothing over checkpoints.
The only caveat: the contractors won’t necessarily be running screening. Instead, they’ll be facilitating smoother lines through managing queues, coaching passengers on luggage and generally herding all of the cats through the x-ray. Who knows how much time it’ll save passengers, but at least American will get some good will out of it.
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I appreciate how American air travellers consistently let the row before them exit the plane first. It’s chaos in most other places.
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Photo credit: Passengers wait in a security line at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Friday, May 13, 2016. Fliers across the country have been facing growing lines, which during peak hours have topped 90 minutes at some airports. The TSA has fewer screeners and has tightened security procedures. Meanwhile, more people are flying. (AP Photo/) Sait Serkan Gurbuz / Associated Press