Canadians traveling within the United States this summer can expect long line-ups and wait times beyond 90 minutes when passing through security at most U.S. airports.
Going through security has always been a massive headache for most travellers, but this latest spate of delays has been largely self-inflicted. In 2014, U.S. Congress voted to reduce the number of TSA screeners by cutting $26.3 million in the agency’s personnel budget. The 2016 budget, the same as it was in 2015, is the lowest TSA budget in five years.
Government officials anticipated that the TSA’s PreCheck advance screening program would justify the need for fewer screeners, but not enough passengers have enrolled to make a dent in the long lines. Instead the number of TSA screeners has fallen by 10 per cent, while air travel in the U.S. has increased by 12 per cent.
“TSA’s primary focus is the current threat environment, as the American transportation system remains a high value target for terrorists,” said TSARead More »from Long security checks at U.S. airports affecting Canadian flights