Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, wait at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint to clear security before boarding to flights in the airport terminal in Denve COPPELL, Texas (AP) - The chief of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that his agency has quadrupled the number of employees who could bolster screening operations at airports that become too crowded this summer.TSA Administrator David Pekoske said nearly 1,000 employees have volunteered to be sent to other airports if needed.It’s part of the agency’s plan for handling what is projected to be a frenetic vacation-travel season.RELATED: CDC: Keep wearing a mask on planes, trains, mass transit"We expect this to be a busy summer, and we are as ready as we possibly can be," Pekoske said at a news conference near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. "We’re likely going to exceed in some airports by good measure the 2019 numbers."Kreskin Torres, a 33-year-old Army veteran, kicked off his adventure in Los Angeles, California, and since then, he has visited 49 states.
Soon, he will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, and rent a car to achieve his 50-state milestone.Pekoske said TSA — which has 47,500 screeners — tries to predict when wait times in the standard checkpoint lanes will be at least 30 minutes, or when waits for PreCheck travelers will be at least 10 minutes.
When that happens, he said, volunteers from less-crowded airports will be sent to help reduce the waits at busy airports.The TSA has screened, on average, more than 2.1 million travelers per day in April and May.