Government Spending at it’s Best

July 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm 1 comment

I flew out of Traverse City Airport, a small 8 gate facility, this week. The airport itself was actually very nice, most likely being constructed or remodeled within the last 5 years. There were a total of 10 flights leaving the airport the day I was flying, but one thing struck me as odd.

As I went through security, one baggage inspection conveyor and one metal detector, I couldn’t help but notice there were eight TSA agents working the checkpoint. I’m all for safety while traveling and don’t mind the security checks, but the number of government employees on duty at this tiny airport seemed skewed. Not to mention however many were working behind the scenes inspecting all the luggage that was being checked, but I assume there were at least two more. The Detroit airport has a couple of security entrances, but each of these multi-stall stations are run by the same number of people that worked the one in TC.

I’m not complaining about the security. I appreciate the people who work to ensure that flights are safe. However, I think a few less people could have done the job.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Iceman  |  July 23, 2008 at 10:00 am

    TSA is a great example of giving someone with very little training and a big ego a whole lot of power .


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