TSA working on ways to decrease security wait times

The TSA is working on news ways to decrease the wait times in security lines.

The TSA is working on news ways to decrease the wait times in security lines. (5/12/16)

NEWARK - Officials at the Transportation Security Administration say they know lines at airport security are long and that they are working on ways to alleviate the problem.

The TSA says that it will hire more security officers and ask Congress for permission to pay workers overtime. The agency will ask airlines and airports to take on some of the non-security work, which would free up TSA agents.

The TSA also says that some of the responsibility for the efficiency of airport security falls on passengers.

At Newark Liberty International Airport, TSA officials held a special demonstration to show how passengers with unauthorized materials in their carry-on bags can cause delays in security.

“If you are waiting in a long line at TSA, check your bag to make sure you don’t have a prohibited item,” says TSA Regional Spokesperson Mark Howell.

Items like water bottles, hairspray, scissors and weapons are not allowed to be carried on to planes. Laptop computers typically need to be taken out of carry-on bags and screened separately.

Officials say that getting rid of prohibited items before a passenger reaches the security screener will save on time and frustration.

The TSA also encourages more people to sign up for the PreCheck program, which allows those eligible to skip some of the security steps and get through the process faster.

TSA expects passenger volume to increase as the summer season begins.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Majestic Lanes bowling alley was damaged when 1 Driver crashes into Woodbridge bowling alley
Mikayla Raji, 8, paid for a Jamesburg police 2 Girl whose father was killed in line of duty buys officer dinner
Preston Taylor admits his involvement in the disappearance 3 Childhood friend admits helping to dispose of missing woman’s body
Computer issues have prevented some Newark city employees 4 Computer issues prevent Newark city employees from being paid
Students, parents and faculty at a Bayonne high 5 Bayonne's Marist High School faces fundraising deadline to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Port Authority officials sent a letter to the Port Authority urges TSA to improve passenger screening

Port Authority officials sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration urging them to add

Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint TSA head proposes changes after long lines at airports

Passengers have faced long lines at security checkpoints at Newark Liberty International Airport and many

Security lines backed up at Newark Liberty airport Travelers experience security line backups at Newark airport

Passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport reported heavy delays Friday morning at security lines.

Travelers at Newark Liberty Airport noticed longer than Long security lines delay flights at Newark airport

At least three dozen United Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday night due to customers stuck

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.