NEW YORK — U.S. airlines have been pressing the government to act to reduce the intolerably long security lines at U.S. airports. Now, they're even asking passengers for help by sharing their frustration on social media.
Lines during peak hours at some airports have topped 90 minutes. The airlines already are warning customers to arrive at the airport two hours in advance, and are fearful the situation will only get worse with a record number of
Earlier this week, the Transportation Security Administration said it would increase staffing at security checkpoints and boost the number of bomb-sniffing dogs to help the lines move more quickly. The agency also is asking Congress for more money to hire additional screeners and pay existing ones overtime.
Both sides have encouraged
Airlines for America, the industry's trade group, just launched a
The group's spokeswoman Jean Medina, said the campaign is "raising awareness of the issue and serving as crowd-sourced (wait time) information."
While the number of
The airline trade group, which represents Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, said on the iHateTheWait
TSA spokesman Michael England would not comment about the site but said the TSA's goal is to keep all passengers safe and suggests that passengers get to the airport two hours early for domestic flights.
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