TSA shortage leads to long wait times

Posted at 8:04 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 11:03:02-04

A TSA shortage in airports across the country have led to longer security wait times. 

Passengers at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport waited nearly three hours to get through security earlier this week. 

Following the shortage of security officers TSA said they'll add 58 new officers to the airport in Chicago to help reduce wait times. They'll also add four bomb-sniffing canine teams. 

New York State Senator Charles Schumer thinks the canine teams will make a big difference in how travelers go through security check points.

"TSA delays are terrible. They're not so bad here in Buffalo Niagara but so many of our western New Yorkers fly through New York City and have to stand in line forever," said Schumer. "We increase the number of passenger screening dogs at the airports. They do a great job and if you have a dog you don't need to take off your shoes, take off your jacket."

Schumer also said the dogs can sniff through carry-on bags. 

In airports across the country the TSA plans to add more than 750 new officers this month. 

To see how long security lines are you can download a free app called "My TSA."

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