Fmr. Spirit Airlines CEO: Airlines Can Shrink TSA Lines

Even though “running efficiently seems to be a challenge for the TSA,” former Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) CEO Ben Baldanza says a good way to shorten airport security delays is to create incentives.

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“The individuals have an incentive to carry fewer bags through the TSA right now because that clogs the lines but airlines can create economic incentives with their baggage policies,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Connell McShane.

A few years ago, Spirit implemented a carry-on bag charge which created the benefit of reducing the amount of carry-on bags resulting in less baggage going through security checkpoints, according to the former CEO.

“Airlines and individuals have an incentive today to think about how they can reduce the amount of volume going through the TSA. Airlines can think about the way they incentivize customers with their baggage policies. Individuals can think about carrying less,” he said.

Baldanza also mentioned how mile-long lines could create incentives for the TSA union.

“Unions in the United States have been under a lot of pressure.  Union membership is at its lowest point in a long time. The TSA is a big union. So if you’re a union looking for more members, having long lines isn’t necessarily the worst thing for you.”