New York City Airports to TSA: Speed Up Security Lines or Be Replaced

By Paul Riegler on 13 May 2016
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PreCheck security checkpoint at American's terminal at JFK

PreCheck security checkpoint at American’s terminal at JFK

The agency responsible for the security of the nation’s airports is unlikely to win a popularity contest, especially if airport managers are polled.

Last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the New York metro area’s three major airports, indicated it would replace the TSA with private contractors if the agency did not improve its “abysmal” performance.

The wait times at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports have “risen dramatically in recent months, prompting angry complaints from passengers, terminal operators, and airlines citing inconvenience, delayed flights, and missed connections,” the agency said in a letter signed by Port Authority aviation director Thomas Bosco and chief of security Thomas Belfiore.

“We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger services,” the two said.

The move echoes a letter sent by the general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the TSA earlier this year.

The average maximum wait time at JFK in the period March 15 to April 15 of this year increased 82% compared to the same period last year. So far this year, the absolute maximum wait time has been 55 minutes, an increase from 30 in 2015.

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