26-May-2016 11:39 AM

Homeland security chairman: Three hour wait lines are ‘unacceptable’

US House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul opened (25-May-2016) the hearing with TSA administrator Peter Neffenger on 25-May-2016 by stated the US is currently is experiencing a "crisis" at its airports. He highlighted, "three hour security lines, 430 American Airlines passengers stranded overnight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, significant number of travellers from Atlanta, Charlotte and Alaska missing flights due to long waiting lines, more than 3000 bags have been failed to be loaded on aircraft on-time in Phoenix, and 80% increase in wait times at at New York John F Kennedy International Airport, when compared with the same time in 2015". The chairman stressed, "This is unacceptable, and it is time for Congress to act. This crisis didn't just come out of nowhere. Airlines and airports have been sounding the alarm for months. There is no doubt that part of the challenge we face is the high terror threat environment, but wait times have not been souring simply because of security is much tighter, its because the TSA bureaucracy has got weaker. The agency has been unable to put the right people, at the right place at the right time. [more - original PR Video] [more - original PR]

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