Travel_Undercover Jnr has just arrived back from New York this morning with a story of long delays getting through JFK T7 security last night. He flew back in the evening on the BA JFK/LGW service.
He reported very long delays getting through security. It took him close to 90 minutes to get through and he said that passengers were getting agitated as processing was taking so long. He saw two passengers on an IB flight miss the flight as they arrived late to boarding following TSA screening issues.
The delays being caused by TSA were requiring all passengers to remove all food and snack items from bags and place into separate screening trays. Adding to the processing delay was apparently the fact that there were not enough trays for all of these items requiring separate screening and so general chaos in processing passengers as TSA had to keep running trays back down the line.
My son had a bag of Lay's potato chips which required a separate tray and screening. The lady in front of him had a snack size packet of Oreos. Each in a separate screening tray. His bag of Lay's was then subject to a second screening with a packet wipe for drugs/explosives.
What new "intelligence" have the American authorities received I wonder in the global fight against terrorism? An isolated TSA shift issue - or is this just another low in TSA's operation?