Homeland Security, TSA to Hire More Officers
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In an effort to move travelers more quickly through airport security checkpoints, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to hire more screening officers and increase the use of overtime, department Secretary Jeh Johnson told CNN on Friday.
The Transportation Security Administration hopes to hire 768 new security officers before this summer, Johnson told CNN. The TSA will also use more dogs to screen travelers and will ask airlines for help with any “nonsecurity” work.
These measures come after several major airports have said they would hire private passenger screening companies to do the job if TSA didn’t hire more staff.
Still, Johnson told CNN that people should expect to wait in line during the busy summer months.
"We encourage people to have the appropriate expectations when they arrive at airports," Johnson said at a news conference at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, according to CNN. "Contemplate increased wait times as you travel."
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