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Well, it’s officially upon us. The “busy travel summer season.” Last summer saw a record 222 million travellers take to the skies in the US alone, and increases are expected across the globe this year, too.

We know we are going to be travelling a lot this summer, attending conferences, industry events and maybe, if we’re lucky, even getting a little down time too. And we know we’re not the only ones.

How will we all survive it? Well, other than avoiding Thursdays and Fridays from mid-June to early August, there’s not much we can do but grin and bear it.

The better question?

As aviation insiders, how can we make it better?

The recent news in the US highlighting long security lines in airports and the apparent failure of the TSA to adequately address this issue has made operational (in)efficiencies in the aviation industry top of mind. As more information is released, and with the removal of the TSA’s Head of Security amid the furor, it becomes clear that there are a number of issues within the TSA that have seriously impacted their ability to effectively balance security and convenience. Clearly it’s going to take more than an executive reshuffling to fix that situation.

In spite of what the recent spate of media coverage might have you believe, however, it’s not all doom and gloom!

The aviation industry is, by its very nature, complex. There are over 10,000 parts installed on the average commercial aircraft, and at least that many “moving parts” required to make the simplest aviation journey possible. “Making it better” for passengers means streamlining efficiencies at every possible juncture while maintaining everyone’s safety. By anyone’s standards, that’s a tremendous challenge. But it’s a challenge the aviation industry is more than capable of meeting. There are so many new and fascinating technologies in research and development worth watching — everything from permanent luggage tags with embedded RFID so you can watch the progress of your luggage on your smartphone, to one-touch check in, to simply being able to leave your shoes on and laptops in your carry on as you breeze through lines.

Moving beyond TSA issues, here at AirStart we continue to work hard to improve logistics for a better all-round travel experience by continually building our infrastructure, striving to find better client servicing models and optimizing our inventory holdings.

We may not be able to bump you to the front of a security line, but with AirStart at your side, we’ll do our best to make sure you avoid the three letters summer travellers fear even more than “TSA”: AOG.

Happy travels!