Smooth air travel expected, despite fiscal cliff

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Falling off a cliff is not all bad.

    Courier-Journal: Smooth air travel expected, despite fiscal cliff

    If that should happen, the FAA could be forced to close more than 100 smaller airports because they'd have fewer air-traffic controllers, according to separate reports by a former congressional aide and a current lawmaker.

    This part of it might be problematic. If these are airports with scheduled air service, that would really wreck havoc with the airline schedules and might push a few towards bankruptcy or dissolution. Remember that they would still have to service the debt on a fleet that can't fly its intended routes.

    And, they warn, the TSA could lay off thousands of baggage screeners, which could force the agency to abandon full-body screening for hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports each day.

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    At airports that remain open, TSA would lose more than $640 million from its $8 billion budget, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts include $429 million for aviation security and $79 million for air marshals, who fly undercover to thwart hijackings.

    I don't consider this aspect of it to a any problem whatsoever :D although I'd suggest dumping the Gropenfrauen first and permanently.
     
  2. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    There was a report about this on our local news yesterday saying the TSA might have to lay off over 7,000 TSA employees - maybe those would be the 7,000 that stand around texting on their phones in various airports while the security lines get longer. And about those wait times - said it might take up to 3 hours to get through security. I say good! Maybe THAT would make an impression on the sheeple who don't mind the radiation and groping but wouldn't put up with being inconvenienced by the wait times.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm not much on math but if my calculation is anywhere near close TSA's budget will only be reduced by about 8%.

    With the new taxes, cost of health care, other taxes, fees, and other charges the socialist Obama government has stuck the public with you can bet your personal budgets will take a much bigger hit than a miniscul 8%. Not to mention the cost of goods and services that will be passed down to the consumer.

    All I have to say to TSA is TSNC EOC.
     
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    The notion that there need to be subsidized airports in every Podunk locale is an anachronism and these should be closed. Does Page, AZ need an airport? Sure, but Altoona, PA doesn't.
     
  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Energy company folk need to get back and forth to TX/OK. Privatization, perhaps?
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The problem overall is much bigger than a few subsidized airports. Simply put federal government is doing to many things that are not the responsibility of government. Doing these varied things takes money, money in the form of taxes we pay. The fiscal problems cannot be fixed unless government stops spending monies it doesn't have nor can get.

    Our country is on the verge of complete failure. Decades of bad fiscal policy by government on both sides of the aisle is the problem. I'm not so sure there is time remaining to stop the diaster that is coming and should it come you can bet the average working person is going to be in some deep trouble just trying to survive.
     
  7. Smaller communities can do just fine with an airstrip. It's rustic, but it gets a necessary plane on and off the ground.
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Oh No's, you mean we would have to go outside and walk on the ramp to board an airplane? How 20th century!
     
  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    If I could do that and skip the freedom fluffer, bring it on.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just as they do at backwater airports such as AMS, CDG & MUC, among others.
     

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