By JEFF OVERLEY
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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John Wayne Airport will witness a sharp boost in its security team by early autumn, federal officials said.
The Transportation Security Administration aims to add 80 full-time workers to the airport's security workforce by September, bringing to 300 the airport's squad of such workers as baggage screeners, behavior-detection specialists and document checkers, said Nico Melendez, an agency spokesman.
Separately, new security equipment arrived at the aviation hub at the end of March, allowing the opening of three additional passenger-screening lanes, Melendez said.
There are now a total of 15 lanes in the airport's two terminal wings, and most or all will be open during peak travel times.
"It's great that they've added additional lanes," said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge. "Hopefully those will benefit the passengers and keep wait times to a minimum."
The busiest travel times tend to be the early morning hours of Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and late morning hours on Sundays, when average waits hover around 45 minutes, depending on the terminal, according to the TSA.