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Monday, January 14, 2019

George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston Tx has been forced to shutdown the ticket counter and security checkpoint in Terminal B due to a staff shortage brought on by the government shutdown. Travelers are being routed to two other terminals and are being asked to arrive early to accommodate for possible delays.

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TSA employees could probably end this shutdown almost immediately if they were to announce that they plan a widespread "sick day".

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-01-14 01:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Be like Europe, privatize it.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-14 02:45 PM | Reply

Be like Europe, privatize it.

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG AT 2019-01-14 02:45 PM | FLAG:

The right wing stooge answer to everything. By all means, hand your airline security (or is it just security theatre?) to the lowest bidder and see what happens.

#3 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-14 02:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Be like Europe, privatize it.

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

We tried that already. 4 planes all got highjacked on the same morning in September of 2001. You might have heard about it. It was in the news.

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-01-14 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

Of course he heard about it. He was probably in that New Jersey group with trump, cheering in joy when the second plane hit.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-14 03:20 PM | Reply

lol, 9/11 was enabled by privatized security and ATC. You guys are too funny.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-14 05:44 PM | Reply

"lol, 9/11 was enabled by privatized security and ATC."

Thanks, Capitalism!

But it's a really odd comment for a Libertarian to make, Sitzkrieg.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-14 05:49 PM | Reply

But it's a really odd comment for a Libertarian to make, Sitzkrieg.

#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2019-01-14 05:49 PM | FLAG:

That's because it's sarcasm.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-14 06:23 PM | Reply

Libertarianism is sarcasm?

I hadn't thought about it that way before, but it does make a lot of sense.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-14 06:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Join me, kick back, join some ATC and general aviation meme pages, and watch the ---- show as the same opponents of privatization and rapid technology advances are posting their $0 paychecks and looking much more kindly towards the European model.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-14 07:28 PM | Reply

Shutting down the airports will bring this shutdown to an end in a hurry. TSA needs to unionize, and go on strike.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-14 11:39 PM | Reply

ATC is still working. Canada ATC, privatized, is sending pizza to American ATC.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-15 11:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"ATC is still working."

Barely. They are understaffed.

#13 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-15 11:36 AM | Reply

"The right wing stooge answer to everything. By all means, hand your airline security (or is it just security theatre?) to the lowest bidder and see what happens."

Probably the same thing that happens to everything that gets privatized...it works better but becomes an elitist problem. Everyone gets faster, better service from higher qualified people but different social classes get treated differently, with the rich getting the best advantages and the poor becoming meaningless. And since people actually have to work hard to move up and enjoy those advantages, Liberals will decry it as a huge social injustice and Reps will get rich off of it and therefore say it's the best thing ever.

I mean, that's what happens to everything else I've ever seen get privatized. But, by all means, give us your handful of exceptions that make you believe they change the rule.

#14 | Posted by humtake at 2019-01-15 12:03 PM | Reply

In this case the anti-privatization push is bi-partisan. It was just a talking point on the last round of FAA re-authorization.

For Canada & Europe, the privatized systems pay better and safety improvements from new technologies are adopted faster. Their pay isn't subject to political whims.

The City of Houston owns IAH. It pays $3 million a year just for musicians nobody has ever heard of to play there. It can fund its own screeners.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-15 12:26 PM | Reply

Canada ATC, privatized, is sending pizza to American ATC.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg

They better check the local regs.

Gifts over $20 except by family or close friends have to be reported by federal employees. Also, don't forget to get "permission" from your Ethics Dept to work for Uber or anyone you may be associated with now or ever. Unless you are in Congress or the White House.

Garage sales are not listed yet as reportable income, oops... except under barter... for furhter details check with your local IRS agent(when they open) or your tax lawyer...everyone has one of those to help you fill out your "postcards", right?

If you have large Hotels you can let Russians stay there and charge them double. They need to get rid of the money. You need money...win-win!!! I prefer I win but win-win is ok!

If none of that works borrow a few million from your dad to see you thru. You know.. make adjustments. Negotiate.

You are so good at that. So....

Uniquely American!!

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-01-15 06:52 PM | Reply

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