TSA Warns Of Longer Waits This Summer
As the economy continues to strengthen, more Americans will be flying this summer. As a result, the TSA warned lines at security checks at airports could reach epidemic levels during the peak travel season.
A TSA spokeswoman issued a statement saying “the agency has a robust plan to address the growing volume, such as including more K-9 use, accelerated hiring of TSA agents, and overtime.” The agency is also working with airline partners by asking travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before takeoff for domestic flights, which should relieve some of the expected summer congestion.
The TSA is encouraging frequent travelers to enroll in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI, or Nexus, which improve security and wait times, and are offered by Sentripass.com.
The trusted traveler program is one that allows you bypass many of the security requirements in airports, such as removing your shoes, laptop, belt, or jacket. To join the program, you have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is considered a “low risk” traveler.
While commercial travel may never be completely painless, under the trusted traveler program they can be vastly improved.