by Max Brantley
Two readers report this morning from the security checkpoint at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT):
First came this:
At 5 am, the TSA employees outnumbered the passengers. More at 5:15, but not more than a 5-8 minute wait.
Of course, today is Wednesday, one of slowest travel days (as is Saturday and Tuesday).
Then came this:
You should keep riding the airports ass about their security line. At 5:30 this morn it took me 35 minutes to get up to security. They used to have two lines and things went pretty fast. Now they have a priority boarding line that never had more than ten or fifteen people in it. These people had their own TSA checker. People in this line had either paid the airline for priority boarding or were flying business class. I do not understand why our airport should slow the process to accommodate the airlines. By eliminating the second line to help the airlines sell higher price tickets they are delaying the vast majority of airport customers. This morning there were hundreds of people in looping cattle lines while a handful breezed through. You should stay on the airport until the management remembers who they are supposed to be serving. It really pisses me off.
A third anecdote: I took my daughter to the airport way early yesterday on account of well-publicized delays. She was at her departure gate in less than 13 or 14 minutes after I dropped her at the curb. But her regional jet flight seemed to be the only thing happening at that particular time.
PS — A reader notes a Facebook page that might explain some of the recent increase in air travel in Little Rock. It reports people driving from Memphis to Little Rock to catch flights because of high Delta costs in Memphis.