The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is planning to hire 2,000 more agents in advance of the busy summer travel period, ABC News reported.
“As we approach the summer break, securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” ABC quoted Acting TSA Administrator Huban A. Gowadia as saying. “It is well known that terrorists continue to focus on aviation, which is why the TSA continues to focus on providing robust security screening.”
Experts are predicting a busy travel season this summer.
Airlines for America (A4A) said it expects a record 234.1 million passengers — or approximately 2.54 million per day — to travel worldwide on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31. That would be a 4 percent increase over the 224.8 million travelers who took to the skies last summer.
Airlines are adding 123,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the 100,000 additional daily passengers expected to fly on U.S. carriers during this period, the organization said.