Long Lines Caused 70,000 American Airlines Customers To Miss Flights

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Isabella Ohlmeyer
Disastrously long airport screening lines have caused 70,000 American Airlines customers and their checked luggage to miss flights this year alone.

It’s inevitable that when we go the airport, preparing to head to our ultimate destination, we have to wait in long security lines.

This year has not even come to a close yet and already more than 70,000 American Airlines customers and 40,000 checked bags have missed their flights due to long delays in the airport screening lines an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday, according to TIME.

Along with the lines of new and returning airline customers, there is also a decreased number of full-time staff employed with the airline carrier.  

To take steps in order to solve the problem of waiting forever, “TSA is taking steps to shorten lines such as hiring more full-time officers.”

Guns and sharp objects are obviously banned from being put inside of carry-on bags, but some people don’t listen to airport rules and do so anyways.

On the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Instagram, the social media team recently posted a picture of a double bladed batarang that was spotted by security inside of a carry-on bag at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

The more that ignorant and selfish airline customers choose to break the TSA rules, the longer the rest of us who follow the rules have to patiently wait for security to remove their illegal airport items and thus, evidently, miss our flights.

However, airport security lines do offer efficient passageways for qualified customers, yet even  those lanes tend to have a long wait as well.

A growing number of more than 700 million people in American airports alone will continue to be screened through security lines and hence, the lines will keep growing too. 

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