Airport Security Lines Moving Faster

Hiring Blitz Brings TSA Wait Times Down

Security lines are moving faster at U.S. airports, even with more people flying.
A far cry from what wait times were back in May. Travelers were waiting in line for hours at some of the nation's busiest airports, causing thousands to miss their flights.

The TSA blamed an increase in airline travel and a shortage of security officers. The agency responded by hiring 1,300 new officers and converted another 1,800  part time workers to full time.

TSA says the majority of travelers spent an average of just 15 minutes waiting to get through security through the summer. Part of the reason is because more people signed up for the faster pre-check lanes, total membership in TSA Pre-Check is now 3.5 million today compared to about 1.6 million a year ago.

The average wait time in a pre-check lane is only 5 minutes.

(© 2016 WFMY)


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