Make us your home page
Instagram

TSA cancels vacations to shorten airport lines

Look around the packed terminals at Tampa International Airport and you'd think everybody was on a warm-weather holiday. Not so. Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport got word last week that routine vacations were canceled through mid-April. Why? To make long, slow lines at security screening lines move faster. On March 25 and 26, early morning travelers flying Southwest, Spirit and Midwest spent an average of 30 minutes in line to get through TSA checkpoints. It was just as bad for US Airways and American fliers on the 26th. Wait times dropped back under 20 minutes once the TSA shifted around personnel and banned vacations for all but "exceptional'' situations, like weddings, said Gary Milano, the TSA's security director for the airport.

TSA cancels vacations to shorten airport lines 04/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 4:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. New apartment complex delivers unique floor plans



    Business

    RIVERVIEW — A new luxury apartment community has opened in the Progress Village area touting itself as a distinct living option just 10 miles from downtown Tampa.

    Alta at Magnolia Park dubs its new apartment community, that opened earlier this year in Riverview, a modern and distinct option for living just 10 miles from downtown Tampa.
  2. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

    Roads

    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  3. A sports rout on Wall Street

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

  4. Grocery chain Aldi hosting hiring event in Brandon Aug. 24

    Retail

    BRANDON — German grocery chain Aldi is holding a hiring event for its Brandon store Aug. 24. It is looking to fill store associate, shift manager and manager trainee positions.

  5. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters

    Corporate

    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]