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  • A shortage of staff and a surge in air travelers have created a nightmare scenario for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, with airport wait times in places like Chicago having stretched beyond two hours. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who oversees the TSA, said he asked Congress on Thursday for another $28 million to...

  • A shortage of staff and a surge in air travelers have created a nightmare scenario for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, with airport wait times in places like Chicago having stretched beyond two hours. American, the world's biggest airline, wants TSA to create a senior internal role focused on traveler concerns, Philipovitch told a...

  • A shortage of staff and a surge in air travelers have created a nightmare scenario for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, with airport wait times in places like Chicago stretching beyond two hours. While TSA is taking steps to shorten lines such as hiring more full-time officers, it lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times this summer,...

  • The squeeze began after The Associated Press revealed that intruders hop fences, slip past guardhouses and crash cars through gates at the nation's busiest airports far more often than the public realizes. Since publication of that investigation last spring, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has clamped down on the release of information...

  • NEW YORK— Fliers should brace for long waits at airport security over the holiday weekend. After Chicago officials threatened to privatize security at the city's two big airports, the Transportation Security Administration moved dozens of part-time screeners to full-time and brought in more canine units to sniff passengers for explosives.

  • May 25- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is taking several steps to shorten airport lines including moving officers to different posts, but still lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times, Administrator Peter Neffenger said in a Congressional hearing Wednesday. Neffenger said TSA was still evaluating whether to ask Congress to let it...

  • May 25- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is taking steps ranging from automation to moving officers to different posts to shorten airport lines, but still lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times, Administrator Peter Neffenger said in a Congressional hearing Wednesday. Screening has slowed since the TSA canceled a program last year...

  • TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION HEAD SAYS IT IS IMPORTANT TO MOVE PART-TIME STAFF INTO FULL-TIME WORK TO MANAGE LONG AIRPORT LINES.

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in...

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration has ousted its head of security operations and put new leadership in charge of screening operations at a major international airport, but long checkpoint lines and travel headaches already pervading the busy summer travel season are likely to continue. Kelly Hoggan was removed from his post as the...

  • NEW YORK— Already faced with lines that snake through terminals out to the curb, fliers are bracing for long waits at security in the busy summer months. Some major airports are currently seeing wait times exceeding 90 minutes at peak hours. At the same time, the Transportation Security Administration and Congress cut the number screeners by 10 percent on...

  • CHICAGO— The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the peak summer travel season despite Congress' shifting of $34 million to the agency. Peter Neffenger briefed officials in Chicago on Friday about efforts to address crushing delays in getting passengers...

  • The nation's leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress. The trade group Airlines for America on Thursday says Congress should reverse a 2013 decision that diverted $12.6 billion in passenger-security fees to reducing the federal budget deficit. They have honed in on a 2013 budget bill in...

  • The group called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to quickly hire and train new staff to cut waiting times at airports. Separately, American Airlines Group Inc plans to spend $4 million on top of the $17 million it allocates annually to staff it contracts to help TSA officers stock bins at checkpoints and manage queues, Chief Operating...

  • About 231 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, up 4 percent from the same period last year, the Washington- based group said in a news release. The group called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to quickly hire and train new staff to cut waiting times at airports. Jeh Johnson, secretary of the U.S. Department of...

  • Charles Schumer is urging the Transportation Security Administration to put more dogs on the passenger-screening line to reduce long delays for travelers going through security at New York City airports. The New York Democrat says the highly trained dogs and additional TSA workers would get travelers through the lines more quickly while improving...

  • The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will add officers at airports expected to have the highest passenger volumes, said Jeh Johnson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement on Wednesday. He added that he has asked Congress to approve additional funds to pay for officers' overtime and to meet "critical short-term needs."

  • May 4- The United States is to increase the number of airport security staff and bomb-sniffing dogs and ramp up its pre-screening enrollment efforts in an attempt to address airlines' concerns that long airport lines this summer might discourage air travel. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will add officers at airports expected to have the...

  • April 28- A U.S. congressman called on the Department of Homeland Security to address whether foreign students are cheating on the SAT to get into American universities and illegally qualify for U.S. visas. In a letter dated Wednesday and sent to the Homeland Security department, Representative Matt Salmon cited a March report by Reuters that detailed "the...