In this March 17, 2016, photo, travelers wait in line for security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Fliers will likely face massive security lines at airports across the country this summer, with airlines already warning passengers to arrive at least two hours early or risk missing their flight. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Are you anticipating flying out of Chicago anytime soon? Then you may want to plan way ahead to get in the security lines. A few days ago a photographer out of Oregon was catching a flight out of Chicago Midway when he decided to go from the head of the line all the way back to the end of the line while filming his experience to get to the front of the line. The video, which has been viewed over 2 million times, has shocked many who have seen it.

This has led to more news stories showing that TSA is crumbling under the weight of budget cuts, layoffs and being unable to handle the demand of the flying public. Calls from Senators who have requested TSA drop the baggage fee requirement to help reduce loads have all but fallen on deaf ears for now. While dropping the baggage fee requirement would help with some of the lines, it would only be like putting a bandaid on a major cut to an artery.

Many have called for an end to the TSA in favor of private unionized security contractors to handle the load, which supporters claim would reduce waiting times and longer that normal lines. The summer travel season is soon to be upon us, and it appears that the TSA is not capable of handling it, especially as summer travel will be at its peak from lower fuel prices and more disposable incomes for passengers who will now descend on major airports looking to travel for summer vacations.

Whatever happens, it seems that the TSA is heading into uncharted waters. What anyone thinks of security today and the ability of TSA being able to handle it has surely been changed, thus fueling negative experiences with TSA, traveling by plane, and basically enjoying a stress free environment when one decides to go visit aunt Edna.

  • William A. Ferguson

    This is primarily why I don’t fly anymore.

    Fuck it – I’m not going through long ass lines and getting my junk groped anymore.

    I’m taking the train.

    Or, better yet (for those SoCal excursions) we have a Sleeper Bus, which is exactly what it sounds like – a bus you can sleep on from SF to LA.