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May 15, 2016

US DHS and TSA develop new plan to reduce wait times at airport security checkpoints

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have developed a ten-point plan to reduce wait times at airport security checkpoints.

By Srivari Aishwarya

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have developed a ten-point plan to reduce wait times at airport security checkpoints.

The DHS and TSA will increase overtime for transportation security officers (TSOs) and plan to recruit 768 more TSOs this year for screening checkpoints.

DHS Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson aims to hire the new officers by mid-June.

"Additional K-9 teams will also be deployed to screen passengers at checkpoints."

Additional K-9 teams will also be deployed to screen passengers at checkpoints.

Under a partnership with the airlines, the DHS is working to reduce the size and amount of carry-on luggage.

Both agencies are enhancing research development and technology investment to improve passenger flow and aviation security, Johnson added.

The TSA is authorising federal security directors to provide additional staff for screening at passenger checkpoints.

Travellers can enrol in the TSA Pre programme, which will speed-up the security screening process.

Eligible passengers will be given a known traveller number (KTN) to use when making flight reservations.

Participating airlines will print an indicator on the passengers boarding pass.

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