I'm always so grateful that I don't have to fly anywhere for the holidays. I love my family, of course, but there are very few reasons I would brave the airport crowds and certain weather delays this time of year. The news networks always have some sort of horror story about people trapped in the airport trying desperately to get home for the holidays and, frankly, I just want no part of that. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I would pass along a positive story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about airport travel and how hard the TSA works to make passenger travel smooth. Here's a little something to cheer up those of you working hard on this Monday morning:
"In my opinion, they're (TSA) on the ball," said one passenger. "Fastest security I've ever been through. It was a long line, but it just flew."
The TSA's No. 2 person at Sea-Tac, Deputy Federal Security Director Deborah Wojnicz, said that despite the bad weather, the normal complement of security screeners was maintained. The TSA brought in two mobile teams of screeners when the forecast showed the weather facing Sea-Tac.
TSA official Dennis Hayne led a team of 24 screeners from Phoenix. "We got an alert on Dec 18 at 10:30 p.m." Everyone was on a plane to Sea-Tac at 7:30 the next morning, he said. They'll be spending Christmas away from home.
I didn't realize the TSA had "mobile units" who are dispatched to airports suffering from staff shortages (or passenger influxes), but it definitely makes sense. So, there you go. I feel good having done my part to spread some holiday cheer. Enjoy it while you can.