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Standing in line for hours on end

Cross-country flights are long. But sometimes, the lines through airport security seem even longer.

There are a few reasons why the lines at the airport have gotten longer.

Here’s one: Each time you buy a plane ticket, you pay an airport security fee to help fund TSA security. But a few years ago, Congress started taking some of that money away from TSA and using it to reduce the national debt.

And when airport security fees aren’t used to fund airport security, the lines at the airport get longer and longer.

We need to make it a priority to ensure that travelers get to their destinations safely without unnecessary delays and disruptions. That’s why I worked closely with my colleagues in Congress to provide emergency funding for TSA to increase staffing levels and get more screeners on the ground at airport checkpoints.

That helped keep the lines moving during the busy summer season, but we need to address what caused these problems in the first place – including shifting airport security fees back to their original purpose, and using that money to make airport security more effective and efficient.

I’m working hard in Congress to get results for the American people. Thank you for standing with me.


Posted on September 22, 2016.
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