We have been discussing the meltdown at our nation’s airports as people wait for hours due to continued incompetence of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While the media reported that TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger was “fired”, it turns out that he was placed on paid administrative leave. No other terminations or discipline has been announced despite the utter chaos and huge costs associated with the TSA’s inability to function at minimal standards. Now, a new report states that caused more than 70,000 American Airlines (AAL.O) customers and 40,000 checked bags missed their flights this year.
Many are enraged that Neffenger is not only on paid administrative leave but received a $90,000 bonus during the period where this disaster was unfolding.
Keep in mind this is just one airline. Yet, there is no evidence that TSA will face serious personnel changes or sanctions for this latest systemic failure. The public is again left paying hundreds of billions and receiving sub par performance from the government — costing tens of thousands both time and money in missed flights, meetings, and trips.