Finally, airports at major cities are calling out the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for their insanely long lines, which are getting longer by the minute as you’ve been reading this.
CBS News reports airports in New York and New Jersey are a part of the “growing complaints” that say “TSA staffing isn’t keeping up with increased passenger traffic.” The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed in a letter to TSA that “the patience of the flying public has reached a breaking point…we can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of TSA passenger screening services.”
Travelers like Sarai Chicas told CBS TSA lines are so long, she missed her flight and had to be placed on the next one. Because of complaints like Chicas,’ Port Authority says it might follow in the footsteps of Atlanta and Seattle airports which are exploring contracting private security companies to handle travel check-in. Despite these complaints, TSA claims it’s requesting that Congress approve overtime for its current employees and hire more officers to help with the demand.
Peter Neffenger, a TSA administrator, shared that the organization has been working hard to improve delays however the volume of travelers will increase because of the change of the seasons.
Although many, if not all travelers, experience anxiety thanks to TSA security checkpoints, airports do send travelers a disclaimer to arrive two hours before their flight departures or they may miss their flight. But alas, some fail to follow such traveling advice.
Should major airports hire private security or is Congress (and TSA) to blame for traveling delays?