New Technology for TSA Could Reduce Airport Wait Tmes This ‘Sold-Out Summer’

In anticipation of the busiest summer travel season since before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration has expanded digital screening operations to assist air travel volume expected to meet or exceed levels not seen since 2019.

The agency hopes enhanced screening operations and the deployment of nearly 50,000 TSA agents will not only reduce security wait times for travelers but also minimize the spread of COVID-19, particularly as Americans take to the skies for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

“Daily passenger volumes at TSA checkpoints show that people are traveling again, and TSA is ready for their return,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a press statement on May 10. “Our airport security checkpoints include 47,500 highly-trained security professionals and new technologies that enhance security and reduce physical contact.” In a proactive response to assumed passenger traffic, the agency has reportedly quadrupled the number of TSA employees who are ready and able to fill in at airports where long lines arise, including nearly 1,000 employees who allegedly volunteered to be sent to other airports as needed, according to reporting by AP.