The Transportation Security Administration plans to hire hundreds of additional screeners and dozens of new canine teams to its ranks in the coming weeks to deal with what’s expected to be a record number of air travelers this summer.
TSA expects to screen more than 243 million passengers at airports around the country, up from the 239 million screened last year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Last summer included four of the 10 busiest days in the agency’s 15-year history, but this year could see new daily records.
In an effort to handle the months-long surge, the agency has already added 600 more people to their ranks, and is expected to add another 1,000 people by next week. Officials expect that another 50 passenger screening canine teams will also be deployed to airport checkpoints.
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