Despite a glimmer of hope, with authorization to hire 768 more agents and to pile on overtime, the security line issue at U.S. airports continues to generate bad news. Yesterday (Friday) backed-up security lines at Dallas/Fort Worth got so bad that American Airlines delayed five flights because the passengers were still in screening lines.
Despite American's holding the planes, dozens of travelers still missed the flights and had to be re-booked. At O'Hare, lines reached to nearly two hours at one point.
The airlines are clear about where they place the blame: On TSA, and on Congress, which cut the screening force by over 4,000 over the past few years, and has delayed in restoring cuts. Delta's CEO told the Associated Press “the longer lines get the more passengers are going to miss flights and there’s not much you can do about that.”