TSA: 10.7 million people screened over holiday
June 30 and July 1 were highest volume days since 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Safety Administration screened 10.7 million travelers from Wednesday, June 30 through Monday, July 4.
The TSA said June 30 and July 1 were the highest-volume travel days since 2007.
The average wait time nationwide in standard security lines was less than ten minutes, while those in TSA Pre-check lines waited less than five minutes, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday.
"TSA's success this weekend is a testament to the hard work of the men and women of the agency – both its leadership and, more importantly, those on the front lines at the airports," said Johnson in a news release.
More than 100 Transportation Security Officers and TSA volunteers transferred from around the country to fill in at screening operations at the seven busiest airports.
"The progress is also the result of support we have received from Congress," said Johnson. "With the reprogramming of funds approved by Congress, we have been able to expedite the hiring of 768 new TSOs, add more overtime pay for the exiting TSA workforce, and are converting 2,784 TSOs from part-time to full-time at the nation’s busiest airports."
Johnson said airlines have helped in addressing wait times as well, assigning personnel to assist in non-security duties at TSA checkpoints and working closely with TSA as problems arise.
"Longer term, we are working with airlines to invest in 'innovation lanes' and other technology to expedite the screening of carry-on luggage," said Johnson.
Johnson said it's not declaring victory and plans to do more. He said the TSA plans to hire an additional 600 officers before the end of the fiscal year.
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