Transportation Security Administration

Thanksgiving Travel Rush Likely to Shatter Records

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, a 4% increase over last year. The busiest days figure to be the…

TSA Expects Record Crowds as July 4 Holiday Period Starts

If you’re traveling this weekend, leave extra time for getting through the airport security line. The TSA projected that Friday would be its busiest day ever, with agents screening more than 2.7 million people. A spokesman cautions, however, that the number could fall short of the record if, for example, a thunderstorm shuts down a major airport for several hours….

TSA is Testing 3-D Scanners for Carry-on Luggage

Federal officials are screening some carry-on bags with 3-D scanning technology, which they say improves the ability to find bombs. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that it is testing computed tomography, or CT, scanning at one checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The technology is already used for screening checked luggage. CT scanners create a 3-D image that…

Hawaiian, Delta Top On-time Ratings for US Airlines

Here are the government’s rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for November. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule. 1. Hawaiian Airlines, 91.5 percent 2. Delta Air Lines, 91.4 percent 3. Alaska Airlines, 88.0 percent 4. Frontier Airlines, 87.5 percent 5. Spirit Airlines, 86.4 percent 6….

TSA Chief Says Progress Being Made on Shortening Lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights. Peter Neffenger told a Senate panel Tuesday that over the busy Memorial Day weekend, 99 percent of passengers at U.S. airports waited less than 30 minutes and more than…

Gov’t Report: Airports Need More Help Keeping Intruders Out

A new government report says that while intruders routinely breach the security fences protecting runways and planes at U.S. airports, the federal Transportation Security Administration is not helping airports keep up with the threat. Congress asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate how often people get past airport perimeter security, and whether the TSA could do more to help…

Airlines Say Congress is Contributing to Long Airport Lines

As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. The nation’s leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress. The trade group Airlines for America on Thursday says Congress should reverse a 2013 decision that diverted $12.6 billion in passenger-security fees to reducing the federal budget deficit. The airlines want…