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My TSA iPhone App and Mobile Website

The mobile optimized MY TSA website and iPhone app provide TSA and FAA airport data.  It offers access to Security Checkpoint Wait Times and Airport Flight Delay times.  Well... That was the intention, but in typical government fashion it doesn't really work....


A few issues...  When you enter a specific airport code the software takes you to a screen with the option to select from a list containing the one airport you requested. This adds more unneccessary clicks to the navigation process.  And when using a mobile device less is more, fewer clicks and fewer screen downloads make the world a better place.

BUT WHY BOTHER!!!  It appears that every airport has a Security Checkpoint Wait Time of 31+ minutes...   But if you click the link "View More Security Wait Times" you will see more detailed information.  At this moment LAX is listed with a 31+ minute general security delay, the detailed listing shows each terminal, none of which has a wait time longer than 30 minutes.  Right now they range from NO WAIT to 30 minutes.  PROBLEM IS that the screen times show when they were last updated.  The most recent delay update was 20 hours old, the oldest update was for terminal 4 updated 20 DAYS AGO.

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It is important to note that the data displayed is from fellow travelers, not the TSA.  And when your busy getting your personal belongings ready for screening who is going to pull out an app and enter the wait time.  Well, I guess not many.....  Get the iPhone App - The mobile website