There's light at the end of the TSA tunnel.
The spring kicked off with horror tales of long waits at airports, but there appears to be some hope. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed on Tuesday that lines are actually getting shorter as we approach the summer season. According to their research, 99 percent of passengers at U.S. airports waited less than 30 minutes and 93 percent waited less than 15 minutes. For those who had TSA Precheck, passengers waited less than 5 minutes.
The reduced wait time is due to more lanes being added and an increase in staff during the airports’ busiest times. In particular, the agency paid attention to hot spots like John F. Kennedy in New York, Newark in New Jersey, O’Hare in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.
“When you get stories of long wait times it has primarily been those airports,” TSA chief, Peter Neffenger, said. “If you can prevent problems from happening there, you don’t have problems that cascade throughout the system.” While this seems to be positive progress, the TSA is still looking into more ways to limit wait time like adding automated screening technology at more than a dozen airports.