Airports across the country are seeing longer wait times in the TSA security lines recently, due to a deficit of TSA screening employees and an increase in travelers. The number of travelers are only expected to increase as well, as we move into the busier summer months. In the last few years, there has been a 10 percent decrease in employees, recently culminating in longer security wait times. Though Congress recently approved hiring more screening agents, it may take until the end of June for these 500 new employees to be hired and trained. Until then, airports and the TSA are recommending travelers to arrive two to three hours before their flights and avoid peak hours for flying.
So, when are these peak times for airports?
- Weekends are the busiest travel days. This includes Fridays during the summer months.
- Think of airports as similar to highways. They tend to be busiest on weekdays in the early morning and early afternoon, then again in early evening.
- Tuesday and Wednesday are usually slower.
- Mid-day is the slowest time all week.
- Peak hours may differ based on city. For example, port cities like Miami see a burst midday on Saturdays as vacationers on cruise ships return and head to the airport.
On the day of your trip, investigate the current traffic at your local airport. The TSA website lets you know of the current wait time at any airport in the U.S. Or try out the MiFlight app to stay updated on wait times.