By John F. Di Leo -
A traveler with a camera filmed a scene at Chicago’s Midway Airport: a three-hour-plus TSA security line that snaked across the terminal, out the door, and around the building… and uploaded it to YouTube.
The fury of the day, in an age beset with furies, is therefore an anger directed against the TSA for our often unforgivably-long airport security lines. The DHS secretary even took to the podium to answer complaints, and to assure us that his system is not in fact "a national crisis."
Sure, in this case, there was an alleged excuse – Chicago had seen hundreds of flight delays in recent days. But that’s not really much of an excuse when you consider the fact that Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports together make up one of the busiest air travel hubs on earth, and such bundles of flight delays and cancellations are not unusual for them. They should plan for such bottlenecks, travelers declare, not only for the smooth days.
And that is true. But even when it’s not a day like this, something is dreadfully wrong with air travel in America. And oh yes, the Secretary of Homeland Security is wrong about his department's effect on the nation.