IF YOU’VE BEEN TO THE AIRPORT LATELY, you may have noticed that lines are starting to feel just a little bit longer. Don’t worry: you’re not crazy. They are getting longer. At some airports, waits in the security line can take over an hour.
The Transportation Security Administration (or the TSA), which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, admits that this is the case. There are a few reasons for this: first, the number of people flying by air has been increasing over the past five years. The TSA says 12 percent more people are flying now than were flying in 2011. But over the same period of time, the number of employees working at the TSA has decreased by 12 percent due to budget cuts. So not only are the lines getting longer, but there are fewer lines for passengers to use.