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New York - Airport Screening Made 70,000 Miss American Airlines Flights This Year

Published on: May 26, 2016 12:45 PM
By: Reuters 
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FILE - An officer with the Transportation Security Agency waits for passengers to enter the main passenger screening area at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 17 December 2014. The Atlanta airport is among the busiest is the United States.  EPA/ERIK S. LESSERFILE - An officer with the Transportation Security Agency waits for passengers to enter the main passenger screening area at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 17 December 2014. The Atlanta airport is among the busiest is the United States.  EPA/ERIK S. LESSER
New York - Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines

customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday.

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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 (TSA), 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, Administrator Peter Neffenger said on Wednesday.

American, the world’s largest airline, wants TSA to create a senior internal role focused on traveler concerns, said American Airlines Group Inc Senior Vice President for Customer Experience Kerry Philipovitch. The request comes days after Neffenger shook up TSA’s management, removing the head of security operations, Kelly Hoggan.

Philipovitch also recommended that TSA consider reinstating a risk-based screening program that it canceled last year because of high-profile lapses.

In the program, officers trained to detect irregular behavior would pull unsuspicious travelers randomly into “PreCheck” lanes that can process people faster, as they do not remove their shoes and other belongings.

TSA has projected it will screen 740 million people at U.S. airports this year, some 15 percent more than in 2013 despite a 12 percent cut in its staff.



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 May 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM 54321 Says:

If they would cut all the pc practice and screen like they do in Israel. Screening Muslims not old white ladies in wheelchairs that would save a lot of time and we'd be allot safer.

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