American Airlines to Spend $4M to Speed Up Airport Security Lines

The money is for contractors that will assist TSA employees with tasks to help expedite the process.

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to cutting down wait times at airport security.

The airline said on Wednesday that it will spend $4 million for contractors to help get passengers through airport security more quickly. They will help manage lines and collect bins so the Transportation Security Administration officers can focus solely on screening passengers, according to The Associated Press.

Despite the news, American Airlines COO Robert Isom said increasing staffing for the TSA is the only way to properly address the problem. Congress allotted $34 million in funding to the TSA to hire more screeners next month and pay overtime for existing employees, according to the report.

Isom also said that tens of thousands of American Airlines customers have missed flights or bags because of delays at airport security.

This is certain to be a recurring topic of discussion all summer long. On Monday, TSA released its 10-point plan to counter the long lines at airport security. And there has been some discussion of airports ditching TSA staffing all together in favor of private security that would still follow TSA procedures.

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