Passengers are faced with long waiting times at airports for the spring break because TSA freezes renting
Passengers brace themselves for chaos at airports during the spring break due to a shortage of TSA staff caused by a rental stop
- TSA trade union leader says the recruitment stop was introduced until April or May
- It will be left to staff shortages at security checkpoints
- It comes when TSA tries to tackle a 3.1 percent increase in living wages across the board for all employees
- Airports are already feeling the effect of the freeze, with waiting times at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu extending to 40 minutes
Passengers flying out before the spring break may encounter longer waiting times at airports, as the Transport Security Administration experiences a staff shortage after a rental stop is set.
According to Union President Hydrick Thomas, a temporary freezing of staff has been established until April or May, which will lead to staff shortages at security checkpoints.
It comes when the TSA tries to tackle wage increases across the board for all employees.
A TSA that hires freezing can mean longer waiting times at airports during the spring break
A Democratic congress employee, who spoke about the condition of anonymity, said the TSA House Monitoring Committee was forced to set up the freeze because it was tackling the 3.1 percent wage increase for federal employees.
The walks are conducted in accordance with a convention agreement that was announced at the end of 2019.
Union Head Thomas said he did not receive an official word about the freeze, but he said regional TSA security directors were notified by telephone last week.
According to Union President Hydrick Thomas, a temporary freeze of employees has been set up until April or May, which will lead to staff shortages at security checkpoints.
Airports are already feeling the impact of overtime and waiting times, for example waiting times (not shown) on waiting times at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu have been extended to 40 minutes
In a statement, TSA said: “Awaiting a new record-breaking summer season, the Transport Security Administration manages resources by prioritizing overtime for the busiest travel periods.
“In addition, TSA will continue to assess applicants for membership of the TSA and will implement two extensive recruitment windows to coincide with the busy summer season.”
A TSA spokesperson said that the freeze will not have a negative impact on travelers during the spring break because the agency has already hired additional agents prior to the freeze.
“The hiring break will be lifted at the end of April to ensure that additional TSA officers are hired, undergo training, undergo certification, and undergo a number of on-the-job training by the time the summer season arrives,” said the spokesperson the Washington Post.
But according to the Washington Post, an internal TSA memo stated that airports are already feeling the consequences of the overtime and getting stuck.
For example, the memo states that a checkpoint extended to 40 minutes during waiting times at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.
The memorandum said the long wait is “due to a large number of passengers built up with national overtime cancellation resulting in limited checkpoint options.”
TSA union vice president Joe Shuker represents airport workers in the Washington, D.C. area. He said that TSA employees rely on overtime to compensate for the already low wages.
“We can’t keep people,” he said. “They spend so much money to train people and then they leave. . . . We’re losing people to Chick-fil-A at the airport, “Shuker told the Washington Post.
The American Association of Airport Executives said, however, that according to the Washington Post airports with a lot of crowds in the spring can be excluded from the rental stop. However, the organization still needs confirmation from the TSA.