TSA Ousts Head of Security Operations
The Transportation Security Administration tried to quietly replace its head of security operations but was stymied when the news was announced by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Twitter.
“Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA,” the tweet read.
The move comes as concerns mount over sharply increased wait times at security checkpoints at the nation’s airports in recent months and predictions of even longer lines during the busy summer travel season.
Several major airports including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy International have threatened to replace TSA screeners with private contractors in an attempt to force the agency into taking action.
Earlier this month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced plans to increase overtime for screeners, hire new agents more quickly, and increase the use of bomb-sniffing dogs in an effort to reduce the wait time at airports.
Last week, American Airlines said it would budget $4 million to hire workers to help speed up the lines.
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