TSA Says Hiring Surge Will Help With Record Travel Levels This Summer

Government Executive: American fliers can expect shorter waits during peak travel times this summer, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which is staffing up in preparation for the coming influx of travelers.

TSA said it is expecting a record number of passengers between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and will have 2,000 more officers working compared to 2016. It will also have 50 more canine screening teams. TSA came under fire for a brief period last summer after travelers at some airports faced extended wait times of several hours. TSA ultimately was able to reallocate resources and obtain authority from Congress to reprogram funding to address the issue.

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