Your thanksgiving travel may be a bit longer than you would like this holiday due to new TSA rules being implemented just as ten millions of holiday travelers gear up for one of the busiest periods of the year.
Responding to yet another damning investigation of its screening effectiveness, the TSA is changing its procedure for the second time in two years, which could, according to new TSA Administrator Mr David Pekoske, cause "a slight increase in wait times."
“The procedure is new. It’s new to passengers. It’s somewhat new to our screeners.”
The problem can be spread out during the going holiday as travellers go usually from Wednesday morning all the way till Thursday afternoon, but Mr Pekoske does expect problems to arise on Sunday when everyone tries to return home.
His services project more than 2.6 million passengers and airline crew members will be screened on that day alone, which means it will be one of the agency’s top five busiest days ever.
Former TSA Chief Mr Peter Neffenger admits that the agency has had it’s problems in the past, saying there used to be a "disproportionate emphasis on efficiency over effectiveness."
"There was a lot of pressure, we thought, on the checkpoint agents to keep people moving. We also found that we didn't have as consistent and coordinated of a training system as I would have liked to have seen."
TSA has been asked to fit all U.S. airports with 3-D X-ray machines (known otherwise as computed tomography scanners) as from next year, which many fear will, in combination with the new security checks, should make for even slower checks at every airport security checkpoint.
Mr Pekoske, therefore, warns that rushing his agency to move even faster could be risky, given the potential for glitches. And everyone will agree that in these uncertain times, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.