This is in response to a commentary article, “Fliers don’t need subsidies, or uncertainty, from Congress,” by Edward L. Glaeser, which appeared in the Observer-Reporter March 17.
Apparently Glaeser is not a frequent flyer. If he were a frequent flyer, his first recommendation to control spending by the Transportation Safety Administration would be to eliminate the double and triple personal exams of passengers at our airports. The image scanning is not enough, so a frail old man is subjected to a body search and exams in the corridor to the gate and while at the gate. You have cleared TSA security and are ready to board your flight at the gate; you are now required to present your boarding pass to a TSA agent prior to presenting the boarding pass to the airline agent.
Because I am over 75 years of age, I am allowed to wear my shoes, without metal insoles, through the screening process. But wait – the screening agent instructs me to take off my shoes, with the net result that the screening process is delayed. I remove everything from my pockets, my belt, my hat and the electronic image falsely reflects a small amount of paper on my chest. At any large airport, one should observe the large number of TSA agents who are just standing around doing nothing.
My recommendation: Force TSA to get its costs under control, then consider additional funding from passengers, if needed.
When I was young flying was glamorous. Today it is a cattle call.
Clarence M. Spicer