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Airports Refute Big Sister’s Claim Of Long Delays Following Sequester

March 6, 2013 by  

Airports Refute Big Sister’s Claim Of Long Delays Following Sequester
Janet Napolitano said security lines at airport Transportation Security Administration checkpoints were “150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect” over the first weekend of sequestration.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told interviewers at a POLITICO event Monday that the onset of sequestration made for a rough weekend at airport security checkpoints nationwide.

Napolitano told interviewers at a breakfast celebrating the anniversary of the DHS that security lines at airport Transportation Security Administration checkpoints were “150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect” over the first weekend of sequestration.

“Now that we are having to reduce or eliminate basically overtime both for TSA and for customs; now that we have instituted a hiring freeze… we will begin today sending out furlough notices,” she said. “We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry; some of the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”

The off-camera interviewer cut in quickly: “Specifically where?”

“I wanna say O’Hare; I wanna say LAX; ahm, I want to say Atlanta but I’d have to check. The New York airports got through OK, but that is gonna be temporary, so we will see these effects cascade over the next week.”

The Daily Telegraph got hold of Napolitano’s comments and called security chiefs at the airports she mentioned.

A Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) spokesman who worked through the weekend said there hadn’t been “any slowdowns at all.”

The director of media relations at Chicago’s O’Hare said there had been “no unusual delays or cancellations” and that the weekend’s lines had been “normal.”

The spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta went into refutation overkill, saying: “There have been no abnormally long lines at the security checkpoint nor unusual aircraft delays at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as a result of sequestration.”

The Telegraph also checked with travel industry representatives to see if anecdotes from actual travelers would uncover information the airport representatives had overlooked. They got the same story.

“I can only tell you what we’ve heard from our members, which is they have not seen any abnormal delays,” said a spokeswoman for airline industry trade group Airlines for America.

“We’re on a mailing list for LAX that tells us whether there are any security delays and we have meet-and-greet people at the airport who tell us if there are any delays and at the moment we haven’t heard anything,” offered a Los Angeles-based travel agent.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Gary L

    Lies, lies, and more lies. How is it that these people are willing to shamelessly LIE to our faces when it is so evident that THEY ARE LYING?!! The amount of money cut by the sequester is chump change to these world class wasters. without the sequester, they would simply blow the moneyanyway.

    • Gary (different one)

      This bunch are quick to blame anything and everything on George Bush lies. I have to think that there are more lies coming out of the Obama camp in any eight minute period than came out of George Bush in his eight years in Washington.

      • tim

        The only reason it would take longer would be because of TSA perverted actions towards children and seniors. For some reason the TSA managed to hire all the sexual deviates they could find!!! Whatever happened to beckground checks. Oh thats right eric holders office does the background checks. Can’t get too busy doing background checks and shuffling guns to mexico!!!!!

  • FreedomFighter

    Dung Beetle gets full funding for DHS thugs and state and local police get defunded, combined with Dung Beetle releasing thousands of latino gang members — is somebody trying to get martial law started?

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • rendarsmith

      And yet they’re trying to grab our guns and arousing fury within the Tea Party and NRA…it’s almost as if they WANT some kind of uprising or riot doesn’t it?

      • eddie47d

        No rendersmith you are the one who wants the riots in your wishful thinking. You along with the NRA and their phony baloney. Napolitano isn’t much better than you in my book for I flew back east this weekend (mothers 89th birthday). There were no delays and plenty of TSA agents at the airport.

      • Vicki

        eddie47d (the telepath) says:
        “No rendersmith you are the one who wants the riots in your wishful thinking. You along with the NRA and their phony baloney.”

        What would they possibly gain by riots? At least there is an obvious money/power trail to the Administration.

      • Jana

        eddie thinks he is a psychic.

  • Dinh c Dao

    This “man” is lying!

  • Warrior

    I sincerely hope more Americans wake up to this travesty we call the federal gubmint. These people are not fit to run a damn thing. Who in their right mind would hire them in the “private sector”? Answer————Nobody!

  • rendarsmith

    Here’s an idea. If we’re so concerned about airport lines, lets do away with the TSA altogether! We’ll also save a bunch of money!

    • dcjdavis

      Agree. But I’m afraid it makes far too much sense to be implemented.

  • ibcamn

    We all knew nothing would happen,”I” even figured that out!this is what Obama does,and has been doing to get his way,just like the little rich kid in the sand box forced to play with the poor kids,”these are my toys,you can’t play with me or my stuff—unless you pay me,but you have to play my way!..i’m glad he got caught(again)lying to the people.maybe his sheeple will wake up a little,or at least go”huh?”…now Obama’s worried how he looks,what a thin skinned [expletive deleted]!

    • moonbeam

      “what a thin skinned [expletive deleted]!”

      Literally, and puckered at the head of it.

  • meteorlady

    These cuts are not even a drop in the bucket and they should have been a lot steeper than they are. The government is bloated, inept, corrupt and should stop getting involved in things that do not concern them. We need smaller and less intrusive government, not all encompassing and controlling government.

    • Bob W.

      These are not cuts. This is only a reduction in the amount of increase. Every Department and Agency will spend more this year than last year. The total increase in spending will now be about 4 or 5% instead of 6 or 7%.

  • Vigilant

    Lying and propaganda on the part of this administration have now become the norm.

    Worst of all is the evidence, now emerging, that Obama wants the maximization of “hurt” in order to achieve his political ends of increased taxes.

    Today’s news: “A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama’s political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans.

    “The email, circulated around Capitol Hill, was sent Monday by Charles Brown, a director at the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C. He appears to tell his regional team about a response to his recent question on the amount of latitude he has in making cuts.

    “According to the partially redacted email, the response came from the Agriculture Department’s budget office and in part states: “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.” (

    Yes, the President of the United States, is willing to make the American people suffer to bring about his nefarious ends. That is NOT a president, that is a political hack who doesn’t give a damn about the best interests of the country.

    • BillT

      The republican house passed a bill that would have given Obama the authority to change where the cuts were coming from as long as the cuts remained at 85 billion. He declined. That about says it all.

  • george wentzel

    Is it possible to cram any more worthlessness into one individual as this sorry witch spelled with a B?

  • Dr Richard Wright Hogeland

    It is all so much BS – your opening statement today is right on the point – the milk is still sour -
    What bewilders me – is all of these do good groups i.e.,including yourself – -don’t use exacting information to support your position – especially when the information supports your claims – but accurately – like a knife instead of a hammer – one instance is the gun problem – (1) the personal right is the superior right today – (2) type of weapons is most likely asccording to the cases – to be any weapon available to the military – (3) the right to infringe – must be tailaored specifically to a case – it must not be arbitrary and impractical – I do not think the SC will allow broad limitations without finding them to be unconstitutional
    I don’t think the legislatuors are dummies – they have been advised by their legal counsels – the limitations on their show – in the Congress – most of it is a waste time and money to convince their audiences they are attempting correct a situation -. that is impossible to correct through broad legislation –
    Courts for over 200 years on the Gun laws – the 2nd amentment have attempted to address each particular situation very narrowly –

    Dr R

  • slaojack

    Helga the Hag has her head so far up the Obummers Butt she might as well be a porpoise so she can breath out the hole in the top of her head. I just flew fron Daytina to Charlotte to Indianapolis the weekend she is quoting long lines. I zipped right thru with no lines or delays. The TSA people were kind and helpful. The lies coming from this administration are pathetic. Impeach the phoney SOB

  • STEVE E.

    Obama sees an economic crash coming just as many of us also do. He is using the sequester to blame it on to divert attention from his failed economic policies. That’s all it is.

  • Mary

    Wake Up America

  • BillT

    The politicians and cabinet heads will do what ever it takes to make the senerio come true.

  • dcjdavis

    No conscience. No shame. The only bad being that now time must be wasted coming up with another lie.

  • jopa

    This may have happened at some airports but none that I am aware of.From what I understand is all of these effects will take place slowly as the months progress.Perhaps no long lines today or lay offs but the time is coming.Many seem real happy about all of the impacts of sequester so far as long as it doesn’t mean their job on the line.It doesn’t affect me either so far but I do feel bad for the ones to be laid of and furloughed down the road.

    • Jana

      If Obama and the Democrats could possibly make it happen they would. They want to punish the people so badly because of the sequestration and Obama doesn’t want to lose face. He has already predicted it so he must make it so.
      He will have to really work hard to do it. He already started by telling everyone the Whitehouse tours will be canceled because of the sequestration. How ridiculous. He is so predictable.

  • moonbeam

    Because of how I was raised, I will never understand how people can open their mouths and the lies just vomit forth. And they’re not even embarrassed about it! Napolitano is a lying “C” word.

    My daddy didn’t play that game. He always said “I hate a LIAR. If you lie you cheat, if you cheat you steal.” Truer words were never spoken.

    We really do need to take a big broom and do some sweeping out of the trash and dirt of corruption in our government.

    • steve

      so here’s the problem. they have immunity from prosecution. the pres , the senate the congress , the supreme court , the justice department and so on. they win you lose. your vote has never meant anything. biggest con ever and yet you always vote expecting a change . all politicians are one in the same. does not matter which party .


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