TSA Working to Shorten Lines at Airports Across the Country
Amid growing numbers of travelers, an increase as high as 10% since 2011 in some airports, there have been growing complaints at airports across the country about longer and longer wait times when going through security. Luckily there looks to be some relief for travelers. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger recently announced that the decision to reduce TSA staff by 1,700 has been reversed and they are now training workers in double shifts to get their staff up to full strength. Neffenger acknowledged in congressional hearings that the average wait time for travelers grew from 3.5 minutes to 6 minutes in the last year as TSA officers scrutinize travelers and carry-on bags more thoroughly. The additional staffing is part of an effort to keep security tightened while still moving travelers efficiently through lines.
In addition, TSA has reassigned 28 canine teams to high-volume airports. These teams will have explosives-detection dogs sniffing passengers for traces of explosives and then travelers can move through expedited screening similar to the PreCheck Program. They will be able to leave on shoes and light coats, and leave laptops and small liquids in their carry-on bags. “We have gotten better,” Neffenger said. “Our job is to protect you and I promise to do that to the best of our ability.”
Keep in mind when traveling that TSA recommends that you arrive to the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights, particularly when travelers during busier times, like holidays or spring break. Printing boarding passes early, packing liquids larger than 3.1 ounces in checked bags and emptying pockets into carry-on bags can help everyone get through TSA checkpoints faster.
Source: USA Today