Air Travelers See Tougher Security Before Beach Season

Associated Press (03/22/10) Weber, Harry R.

As the summer travel season gears up, observers are concerned that new security measures could increase wait times at the nation’s airports. The new measures include the installation of nearly 1,000 full-body scanners in airports across the country by the end of 2011, the expanded use of portable Explosive Trace Detection machines, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) efforts to make the screening process less predictable. Thus far, passengers say they are understanding of the new measures, but are concerned about the longer security lines they could create. TSA says that it does not believe the full-body scanners will significantly increase wait times. However, some airlines are already advising passengers to arrive at least 75 minutes early for a domestic flight and up to three hours early for an international flight.