Klobuchar, Smith pressure TSA for additional screeners at MSP

Updated: August 21, 2019 10:45 PM

Minnesota's two senators want the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to add more screeners at checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

"The bottom line is it's simply unacceptable that authorized TSA staffing at MSP has decreased while passenger traffic has increased," Sen. Amy Klobuchar said at an airport news conference along with Sen. Tina Smith.


Klobuchar says between 2012 and 2017, passenger traffic at MSP increased 12 percent while, the number of screeners has decreased nine percent.

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"When the numbers keep going up and the help from Washington keeps going down, there's only so much more efficiency you can squeeze out of it," Klobuchar said. "The people who get screwed are the people waiting in line."

The airport's CEO Brian Rycks agrees with Klobuchar, saying while construction has altered the flow of TSA lines, they still have the same number of security lanes but still not enough screeners.

"Circumstances on Monday of this week are a good example why we need more screeners." Rycks said at the news conference.

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