The average waiting times at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints at airports across the country have nearly doubled since the implementation of the mandatory US government budget cuts under sequestration, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Napolitano said that the long lines are due to the elimination of overtime, as well as a hiring freeze that came into effect after the cuts.
Federal agencies (such as the TSA) are required to cut their budgets by about 9 percent over the next seven months under the “sequester” law that came into effect on March 1.
Be sure to allow ample time to clear security before your flight’s scheduled departure time. The general rule has been to allow 2 hours for a domestic flight and 3 hours for an international flight. If you’re returning to the US from an international destination, you may face a longer wait to get through customs and immigration.
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Airport lines have nearly doubled since sequester