Passengers are waiting over 2 hours in just to get through airport security, many missing flights.
In Chicago Sunday, over 450 passengers missed their flights after having to stand in the TSA security line for as much as 2 hours and 20 minutes. American Airlines had to delay 30 flights, and even put out cots for about 100 people who were stuck in the airport overnight.
As many as 4,000 passengers have missed flights since February due to the long wait times, but the problem is suddenly escalating as the summer travel season approaches.
TSA has been encouraging travelers to enroll in their Pre-check program, which can reduce wait time.
The TSA is blaming the backlog on a shortage of screeners, due to federal budget cuts, and is promising to hire 800 additional screeners next month, as well as offer more overtime to existing employees.
American Airlines is frustrated with TSA as well, and has announced they will be hiring their own additional employees to assist TSA, just for non-security duties, such as remind people to take their shoes of and take electronics out of their bags.
Chicago’s Midway Airport was backed up over the weekend as well. ABC7 Eyewitness News viewer Kim Adele Serritos shared video of lines at Midway International Airport Monday morning on the ABC7 Chicago Facebook page.
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