Rarely does the Transportation Security Administration get much love. And with good reason: airport security lines suck. Now any love is about to become even rarer, as TSA lines are expected to somehow get even longer.
Thanks to a combination of ridiculously cheap airfare and the TSA being under staffed, wait times at airport security are expected to reach newly hellish levels during the summer travel season. The Office of Homeland Security acknowledged the problem in a recent statement by Secretary Johnson on its website, stating, "TSA Administrator Admiral Neffenger and I are acutely aware of the significant increase in travelers and longer wait times at airports, and their projected growth over the summer."
Security expert Bruce Schneier told CNN Money that "The issue is man power. There are not enough TSA agents to handle the load of summer travelers." Other measures such as the increase use of canines, and encouraging flyers to use TSA Precheck, are also in the works to combat these ever-growing wait times, But, as things stand, CNN Money reports that flyers should prepare to arrive two hours ahead of time for domestic flights to accommodate the problem. Plan accordingly.