(USA TODAY) WASHINGTON – TSA officials unveiled steps Friday to combat long lines at airport checkpoints, while also warning that long wait times are forecast this summer.
Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Secretary, outlined a 10-point plan to reduce lines, including hiring more Transportation Security Administration officers, paying more overtime, deploying more canine teams and using airline workers to handle non-security functions at the checkpoints such as moving bins.
But Johnson warned that travelers will see longer wait times because more people are traveling during a time of tighter security. After an inspector-general report found last summer that screeners frequently missed mock explosives and guns in carry-on bags, TSA reduced choosing travelers randomly for expedited screening called Precheck.
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