In airports across the country, thousands of travelers are either stranded or forced to stand on 3-hour long lines to reach the security counters. But as travelers suffer, the Transportation Security Administration is spending millions on advertising, public relations, new uniforms, and office furniture.
The TSA has blamed budget constraints for the recent slowdowns in service, which have caused 4,000 Americans to miss their flights and 100 travelers to sleep on cots overnight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport alone.
Meanwhile, the Washington Beacon is reporting that over the past month the TSA has spent more than $2 million on various services unrelated to increasing manpower or improving security. This includes spending $53,234 with a public relations firm for the gathering of news clippings and media monitoring. The PR firm is called Cision — they worked with President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
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