Thousands of videos have been posted online over the years, which showcase various airline customers getting upset over delays in their travel plans. If you have spent any time traveling then you've likely experienced a flight delay yourself, they aren't that uncommon.
For some travelers who have been forced to wait, they've had to endure 12 hour delays or more, others have been sent on different planes, or experienced tremendous financial loss after they weren't compensated for the delays etc.
For 2017, it's estimated that the leading cause of flight delays was thanks to late aircraft arrivals and they managed to account for almost half of the total delay minutes--roughly 39 percent.
These delays cost airlines billions of dollars and they cause a tremendous amount of grief for passengers as well.
- O'Hare International in Chicago
- Los Angeles International
- Denver International
- San Francisco International and others
Most airlines operate with a delay rate of 20 percent or more for flights, with roughly 2 percent of all flights being canceled.
Airline delays are bad for business and travelers certainly don't enjoy them. But it turns out, the government might enjoy reaping certain benefits from the tardiness.
Airlines have allegedly expressed their frustration and concern for allowing passengers to depart on time, which might mean neglecting to subject them to extra surveillance and security.
When they're already running late, they don't have the time to biometrically match each passenger before they board the plane.
In the recent report though, BTS had reportedly expressed concern with the airlines for their frequency to bypass the government's biometric surveillance measures in an effort to meet their own boarding and flight schedules; to ensure that travelers had an on-time departure.
Overall, the report concluded that the tendency of airlines to opt in meeting flight schedules rather than scanning the faces of travelers, along with other issues, might pose significant risks to their goal of drastically scaling-up the biometric surveillance program.
It's alleged that they would like to have the biometric surveillance system scanning 100 percent of departing passengers by as early as 2021.