Despite what it calls its "busiest summer in years," the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported on its blog yesterday that wait times at airport security checkpoints are "way down" compared to the same time last year, thanks in large part to expedited security screening programs like TSA PreCheck, TSA's trusted traveler program.
"TSA PreCheck is based on the understanding that the vast majority of people traveling pose little to no threat to aviation and therefore TSA can expedite their security screening process at the checkpoint," TSA's Bob Burns stated on the TSA blog. "Our goal is to get travelers through the line in 20 minutes or less. In most cases, it's far less than that!"
According to Burns, TSA officers screened approximately 173 million people nationwide from June through August; 99.6 percent of those passengers waited in line less than 20 minutes, and many -- 99.98 percent of those enrolled in TSA PreCheck -- waited less than 10 minutes.
"While things are moving faster," Burns concluded, "our vigilance remains the same."