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.
That two-hour wait time is unfortunately right on point if you're flying out of NYC where, according to CBS News, the average maximum wait time between mid-March and mid-April was already up by 82%. Even the Port Authority claimed that "The patience of the flying public has reached a breaking point." Seconding this point, flyer Heidi Kerns told CBS News, "The flight only took two hours, but you had to get to the airport two hours early, you know, to get through the security line, which is kind of unfortunate." When the wait time is equal to the flight time, that's pretty bad.