TSA tries to shorten Atlanta's airport security lines

TSA administrator Kip Hawley is expected in Atlanta at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials on Monday met with representatives from the Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for the airport's security gates and the long wait times that prompted Georgia's congressional delegation to write Hawley last week. The lawmakers questioned whether the airport's security lanes were ready for the summer rush, which begins June 1.

Each year, 86 million people pass through Hartsfield-Jackson. Airport officials want wait times down to 15 to 20 minutes, a target that is often met. However, wait times have been an hour or more on Monday mornings with an influx of business travelers, and during holidays and the summer months.

In the letter, the delegation asked for a meeting with Hawley and Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Ben DeCosta to discuss checkpoint staffing. DeCosta has planned 10 new security lanes by midsummer.

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Hawley wrote in an April 10 letter to DeCosta that the TSA will "strive to fully staff all lanes during peak hours" and he agreed to provide additional staffing for the new security lanes. Hawley also pledged to move Atlanta up on the list of airports scheduled to get new X-ray equipment, which should be available by the end of the year.

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