Longer airport security lines cause frustration

Posted at 6:41 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 21:41:14-04

Long lines, long waits, and frustrated passengers -- all comes as impatience with TSA grows across the country.

In some cities security lines are so long passengers say they’re missing flights.

“There were loops so long that they had to cut the line in half and take the line to another entry gate,” said a traveler heading out of New York.

At Lindbergh Field in San Diego, it’s a much different site.

On Monday, Team10 timed passengers heading through Terminal 2, starting the clock the moment someone entered the line, following them all the way through the body scanners.

At 11:30 a.m., screeners had the total wait time down to 13 minutes.

Around noon, the wait was down to around eight minutes, and for a brief period of time, there was no wait.

Transportation Security Administration officials say they are working to cut wait times by adding more K9s, paying more overtime and hiring faster.

On Sunday, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer urged the TSA to put more dogs on the passenger-screening line. The New York Democrat says highly trained dogs, along with additional TSA workers, would get travelers through the lines faster while improving security. Schumer says the average maximum wait time at Kennedy airport this spring increased 82 percent from the same period last year.