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Long Lines, Missed Flights Fuel Criticism of TSA Screening

Long lines at TSA checkpoints have gotten "exponentially" worse in the first three months of 2016, an American Airlines spokesman says

If you think the waits at airport security are bad now, just wait until summer — that's the warning from American Airlines, the latest in a growing chorus of Transportation Security Administration critics who say the agency isn't doing enough to make sure passengers make their flights, NBC News reports.

"The lines at TSA checkpoints nationwide have become unacceptable," American spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement Wednesday, with the problem getting "exponentially" worse in the first three months of the year.

Airports in Washington and Georgia are considering replacing TSA personnel with private security contractors.

The uproar puts the TSA in a tough spot: make sure no terrorists get on a plane, but also avoid inconveniencing millions of law-abiding travelers while fighting budget cuts. 

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