TSA Unveils Plans to Speed Up Security Lines at Nation’s Airports

By Paul Riegler on 14 May 2016
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

With unprecedented wait times causing airport after airport to threaten to replace security checkpoint workers from the Transportation Security Administration with private contractors, Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary, announced plans to ease the delays.

At a news conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Mr. Johnson announced plans to increase overtime for screeners, hire new agents more quickly, and increase the use of bomb-sniffing dogs.

While the changes will reduce wait times, which have more than doubled in some airports since 2015, they would not eliminate them, he said.

“Our task is to keep passengers moving, but also, and most importantly, keep passengers safe,” he said.

Long lines have led several managers of the nation’s largest airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International, to tell the TSA to speed things up or be replaced by private security workers. Almost two dozen of the nation’s 450 commercial airports use non-TSA employees to screen passengers, including San Francisco International airport.

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