More Headaches In Store For The Holidays

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Someone really had their thinking cap on when they came up with this one. The federally mandated luggage-screening systems must be in operation by December 31 – just in time for the busy New Year’s travel period. Airport officials are predicting security delays of up to six hours as hordes of pax try to navigate the new systems. In most cases, they will have to check in with the airlines first, then take their bag to the new screening machines, then return to the ticket counter to drop off their bags and obtain a luggage receipt. Skycap service is not expected to speed things up substantially either. "We're cautiously optimistic that Congress is going to take some action," said Ken Capps, spokesman for Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, one of the airports spearheading a lobbying effort to move the deadline to a less busy period. "If they don't, you're going to see chaos throughout the national aviation system." Happy Holidays!