Topic: airport security
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April 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM
After Tuesday’s American Airlines debacle, airport lines are on a lot of minds. Here’s a question: Has the promised post-sequester slowdown at TSA checkpoints slowed you down?
Seattle friends back from a New York visit reported a frustrating security-line wait at the Newark airport at 6 p.m. Sunday during which “we stood in line about 45 minutes, along with about a hundred others, while the ONE agent for that line checked boarding passes. The supervisor for that line said plainly that they couldn’t add staff because of the sequester. So he would let the line build, then call out people with imminent flights to let them go through ahead of others. A mess, and you can imagine how the New Yorkers reacted to this.”
But on a trip that included several airport stops, that was the only slowdown — including Akron-Canton, which had eight agents to three passengers.
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January 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM
After my stay on the slow-going Hawaiian island of Molokai, I’d become so relaxed and carefree that I wasn’t in my usual neurotic traveler mode of checking and rechecking that I had everything with me. The result: I forgot my laptop at the TSA security checkpoint when transferring flights at the Honolulu airport.
I realized my laptop was missing that night after arriving at my next stop, Kauai. I found the TSA lost-and-found phone number in Honolulu and left a message.
Bright and early the next morning at 6:40 I get a call from the TSA in Honolulu. “Aloha,” says a cheerful man named Ron who gets me to identify the laptop and gives me details, which I scribble down in my sleepy state, on how to email him to authorize its release to an airport business center that can ship it home to Seattle for me.
Just like that it’s all sorted out. And it’s a good-news story about the TSA, the government agency that most travelers love to hate.
Thank you, Ron, and aloha.
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