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Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

I have personally been there when they were TRAINING new agents on the luggage screener during this so-called rush hour. I understand they need to train new agents, but come on. This new person took at least quadruple the amount of time to look at the luggage X-ray and dithered over 0.4 ounces of guacamole and a toothpick or something. Meanwhile the line was getting longer and people were getting anxious that they would miss their flights. The person training him made no effort to help speed things along. Just chatting away
I travel a lot. This airport is small time and its run inefficiently. Meanwhile fly in and out of JFK or LAX where MILLIONS of travelers pass through and they make it work...and in my opinion better.

Posted by yougottabekiddingme on 06/17/2019 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

I have personally been there when they were TRAINING new agents on the luggage screener during this so-called rush hour. I understand they need to train new agents, but come on. This new person took at least quadruple the amount of time to look at the luggage X-ray and dithered over 0.4 ounces of guacamole and a toothpick or something. Meanwhile the line was getting longer and people were getting anxious that they would miss their flights. The person training him made no effort to help speed things along. Just chatting away...


I travel a lot. This airport is small time and its run inefficiently. Meanwhile fly in and out of JFK or LAX where MILLIONS of travelers pass through and they make it work...and in my opinion better.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by yougottabekiddingme on 06/17/2019 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

I've been there early in the morning, and the problem isn't the number of travelers, it's the number of agents. There were 7 flights going out and there was 1 screening agent. (the one that checks your ID) She took one person from the VIP line, then one from the TSA pre, and finally one from general boarding. And she clearly hadn't had her coffee yet....she was taking her time and made no effort to speed things up. I was there almost two hours ahead and almost missed my flight. Thankfully other passengers let us go ahead so we made it before the doors closed. If there was more than one person the initial screening area, things would have moved much faster.

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Posted by lilychug on 06/17/2019 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

1. Get to the airport more than 30 mins before
2. Ticket counters OPEN earlier for baggage etc
3. Prep yourself before you get through to the security point.

Might go a bit quicker!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Karen Libby on 06/13/2019 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

The general recommendation to arrive 2 hours early is true but the author missed the fact that the airport check-in isn't open that early so really there is no way to make your flight if you need to check bags and there is a long line.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Travis Rock on 06/13/2019 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

B. Alan You can complain all you want about the full body scanners but to some of us they are a better means of being screened. Try going through your regular scanning process with an artificial joint and having to go through the extra screening each time. There are positives for full body scanners and IF the passengers follow the rules they do not slow you down.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by ConcernedVter on 06/12/2019 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Long Lines, Missed Flights: Airport Rush Hour Prompts Reconfiguration of TSA Access

How about they get rid of the security theater invasive full body scanners that no other airport I've flown through in recent years still uses?

19 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by B. Alan on 06/12/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

If you dont like it house us?!? Theses people simply dont understand the concepts of personal property and respecting public spaces. I work hard to maintain my property and pay taxes to support public spaces and use public spaces in a way that supports the community. Should society be putting resources into getting citizens into safe living situations absolutely but not at the cost of agency of private property and degradation of public space.

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Posted by justahuman on 06/11/2019 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

Miro and del Pozo should try to be homeless for the summer and see what happens to them! Guaranteed they wouldn't last one day!! And have someone watch to make sure they don't sneak home....

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 06/04/2019 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

mental health care is more of a problem

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Andres on 06/02/2019 at 4:35 AM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

If the homeless moved into The Pit, you can bet that thing would be fixed tomorrow.

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Posted by The Oracle on 06/01/2019 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

Homelessness is a huge problem in Vermont. The reason it is such a problem is that rental rates even for the worst apartments are incredibly expensive. If a person works full time for $10 an hour, they only bring home $1400 a month after taxes. Rent alone for 1 bedrooms is often at least $1,000 a month not counting utilities. I know some senior citizens who get less than $900.00 a month on Social Security. All of them are on waiting lists for housing assistance. Most have been on the waiting lists for years. I know disabled people who get less than $600 a month from SSDI. Even if people get approved for Section 8 or Senior housing, the program will not pay security deposits for people. People can't save money for a security deposit, if they do not have enough money to meet their day to day living expenses, as it is. If they have the security deposit for the apartment, then low income people still have issues getting landlords to lease to them. Many landlords require incomes to be 2.5 - 3 times the rent and utility costs. Most landlord also require good credit scores. Most people with low incomes that have lost their jobs due to a medical disability have lots of debt including defaulted student loans, credit cards, car repos, even foreclosures, and evictions for non payment of rent on their credit reports. All those things lower credit scores a lot. If it were illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent an apartment because of a low credit score, less people would be homeless.

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Posted by Peggy George on 06/01/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

If the homeless moved into The Pit, you can bet that thing would be fixed tomorrow.

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Posted by The Oracle on 05/31/2019 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

The Mayor is concerned? Sure, about the big hole in the middle of downtown or the obscene money being spent on City Hall Park...but this in-equality? I highly doubt that.

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 05/30/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

"Wright won't support a policy that makes it harder to clean up camps, and if the city pursues a designated campground, it shouldn't be near residential neighborhoods where children play, he said."

Says a lot about Wright. He wouldn't complain if the child rapist catholic church organization set up an encampment ("church") in his neighborhood, but poor people looking to fulfill part of the necessities of life .. well, they're not blessed - they're a danger to families and children.

It isn't just Wright, of course.

8 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 05/30/2019 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

More shelters should be made in Burlington. If Miro really gave a damn about homeless people he would live up to his campaign promises to help the homeless people but he doesn't care about anybody except himself and his stupid other projects.

12 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/29/2019 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

This is for RB:
The Parks Dept had intended to consider The Portland Loo. https://portlandloo.com/ - a single toilet inside a two ton steel enclosure. The sink is on the outside, sharps container on the inside. Louvers so people can be sure there's only one occupant! No changing table. Best of all, they cost $110,000. At a City Council Meeting, I suggested installing composting toilets instead - which cost only $1000 each and would not pollute the lake. They just stared at me. When Keep The Park Green complained about the price of the redesign going over $5,000,000, the City said they'd leave out the Portland Loo, to save money. When the park is closed for two years, we'll see (and smell) what happens next.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Charlie Messing on 05/28/2019 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

Critikboy, if you go outside Paris into the southeast there are public toilets that are self-cleaning. You pay a small fee and go in, use it and when you leave it rinses and cleans. I would be for that but it is not welcoming enough to the homeless population the progs want to welcome into Burlington, why invite tourists to help grow the economy when you can invite ones they will come up with ways to pay for them

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ConcernedVter on 05/24/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

The fully funded Pomerleau "splash park" design in the recently approved City Hall Park design is a ready-made public urinal that will not require any retrofits for nighttime use. One anticipates an immediate decrease in diel urination frequency on the steps of City Hall, an inappropriate use that introduces a low pH environment that the granite stair treads were not designed to withstand.

Increasing the "interactive jet fountain" density while maintaining the current water column heights would potentially provide suitable screening for daytime use. And to maximize the splash park guest experience, a rather pleasant French bidet-type effect could be achieved by simply decreasing water pressure in some of the interior interactive fountain jets.

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/23/2019 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

@Charles Burnham
It always feels good to piss on something of Skippy Vallee's.

19 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 05/23/2019 at 12:12 PM

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