As air travel rebounds, TSA faces security guard shortage
NEWARK, New Jersey – Lori Berger landed in Newark on a Thursday morning flight from Atlanta.
“The lines in Atlanta were absolutely horrible,” she said. “Tons and tons of people have been saved throughout the terminal.”
And it looks like the backup extends far beyond Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport. A TSA memo obtained by the Washington Post predicted staff shortages at more than 130 airports in this country and called on TSA clerical workers to volunteer to take up positions at the airport by performing duties screening non-passengers for the next month and a half, while the TSA weighs $ 1,000 signing bonuses in its attempts to hire 3,000 more officers.
“It’s not just a TSA business,” said Zach Griff, travel analyst and senior reporter for The Points Guy. “It’s through the travel industry.”
Griff started flying again in October and noticed a peak in crowds and lines from early spring.
“You should expect the airport to look a lot like it was before the pandemic,” Griff said.
Griff thought the speed at which this country vaccinated its citizens and the eagerness of those people to return to air travel took airports, airlines, TSA, and the rest of the travel and airline industries by surprise. hotel industry on leave or short of staff.
“The wait times to reach Delta yesterday were over six hours,” Griff said.
The TSA did not respond to FOX 5 NY’s request to comment on the officer shortage in time for this story to air.
According to this memo made public by the Washington Post, the TSA found that some of the largest airports in this country were understaffed by up to 100 agents each.
On Sunday, the TSA examined nearly 2 million people – a new pandemic air travel record and 90% of the pre-pandemic passenger volume for this time of year.
“I’m here,” Berger said. “Thank goodness I got there two hours before.”
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