An aviation expert has suggested that the ridiculous long lines at airport security checkpoints in the last few days could have been purposefully manufactured by the TSA in order to make a point and get increased government funding.

Airports all over the country have experienced gridlock, with videos and images showing lines of commuters literally snaking and tailing back for miles.

Two of the worst affected airports were Chicago O’Hare and Midway. Some travelers complained that it took two hours to clear the security line, blaming the fact that TSA was forcing everyone to take off their shoes and belts.

Aviation expert Robert Mack told CBS Chicago that the lines were “sort of a perfect storm” and that the TSA knew this was going to happen.

Mack theorized that an increase in travelers as we head toward Summer, combined with fewer TSA workers, and the agency asking for more funding has led directly to the problem.

When asked if the TSA could have purposefully allowed the gridlock to happen, Mack said “It’s possible. Or they could just be completely inept.”

Others have suggested that the gridlock has been allowed to happen as a way of enticing people to sign up for the TSA’s Pre-Check program, which charges $85 a head for skipping security lines by allowing background checks to be conducted before the passenger enters the airport.

The theories were bolstered by reports today suggesting that the lines seem to have completely disappeared without explanation.

Last week, the TSA announced that poor staffing would lead to more travel delays this summer.

“This is going to be a rough summer; there is no doubt about it,” Gary Rasicot, TSA chief of operations, told the New York Times. “We are probably not at the staffing level we would like to be to address the volume. This is why we are talking about people getting to the airport a little earlier than planned.”

Was this gridlock a case of more security theatre on the part of the TSA?


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and

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