There are lies, damned lies and pathetic lies

This lie is just pathetic.

Airports have denied a claim by Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, that the sequester is already causing long delays for travelers at security screening checkpoints.

Ms Napolitano said today that major airports were seeing lines “150 to 200 per cent as long as we would normally expect” as result of the federal spending cuts that went into force on Friday.

“We’re already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend,” she told a breakfast event organised by Politico.

When pressed for specifics she cited Chicago’s O’Hare, Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), adding: “I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform.”

However, when contacted by The Daily Telegraph, spokespeople for both O’Hare and LAX, as well as representatives from the travel industry, denied that airports had been hit by delays.

“We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for LAX. Mr Lowe said that he had been on duty over the weekend and received no reports of unusual security delays.

I fully expect to hear that the delays were caused by protests of an video disrespectful of Muhammad.

You will note that, once again, it is the British Media that broke this story. The American MSM doesn’t do journalism anymore.

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5 Responses to There are lies, damned lies and pathetic lies

  1. Greg B says:

    My friend just flew in from Seattle last night. When I asked him how bad the security check point at SeaTac was, his reply: “Took all of five minutes. “

  2. sortahwitte says:

    It probably means the half of tsa that usually sits around watching naked pictures got off their thumbs and tried to find something to do.

  3. jacksonsdad says:

    These are the people holding the reigns. Scary times these….

  4. slinger says:

    It seems like TSA is staffed for the worst-case travel days, such as Thanksgiving. If that’s the case, wouldn’t that mean that they have way too many employees during the other 99% of the year? Since it’s not the Thanksgiving weekend, they could probably layoff 50% of their work force and still not cause a major delay in security.

    • notamobster says:

      Since airport security is a perception-based parody of effective countermeasures, they could lay off 90% of their workforce and we’d see no appreciable loss of “security”.