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TSA to adjust screener staffing levels at airports

The Transportation Security Administration in the coming weeks will tell airport officials how many security screeners they must have to meet congressionally authorized staffing levels, officials said Wednesday. Congress mandated that TSA maintain a workforce of 45,000 passenger and baggage screeners at the nation’s airports. Most airports, however, have been operating with a workforce based on a previously authorized level of 49,600 screeners, TSA’s deputy director, Steven McHale, told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security. Some lawmakers noted that the 45,000-screener level was arbitrarily created by Congress and asked if it was enough to meet airports’ needs, especially heading into the busy summer travel season. Full Story

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