How TSA Hiring Freeze Could Impact Airport Security, Lines

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:34pm
Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 1:29pm

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Passengers pass through security at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Feb. 14, 2020.

The Transportation Security Administration says it’s implementing a hiring freeze for the next several weeks.

The agency says because Congress last year approved a pay raise for federal workers, it doesn’t have enough money to hire new employees. This comes in advance of spring break and the summer travel season.

Jeff Price is a professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has written a textbook on aviation security.

Price talked with The Show about what he makes of the news that TSA will be allocating money for pay increases rather than hiring new agents.

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