>> Long lines at airports leading to the firing of the TSA security chief, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. Kelly Hoggan, on the job since May 2013, was replaced Monday by his Deputy, Darby LaJoye on an acting basis. Reuters correspondent Jeffrey Dastin.>> Travelers are seeing security lines stretching beyond two hours, some cases three hours.
And the reason is that TSA had budgeted itself and also had staffing levels based on estimates that are not at all like what we're seeing today. TSA had assumed that 25 million people would be enrolled in PreCheck. And PreCheck is an expedited security lane, it's about twice as fast as the regular one.
But instead there are only about 2.5 million people enrolled in PreCheck. So it's only 10% of the that is was seeking. At Chicago's O'Hare, which has had some of the longest lines with some travelers even missing their flight, TSA now has more resources to throw at the problem.
>> Given the staffing shortages the TSA has seen, TSA asked Congress to approve a re-allocation of some $34 million which was granted. So what TSA's going to do with that money, it's going to pay more workers overtime. It's going to add an additional 768 workers to its staff, and it's going to deploy those to the busiest airports in the country.
>> Long lines weren't the only problem for Hogan. He came under fire at a House hearing this month for receiving over $90,000 in bonuses over a 13-month period starting in 2013. During that time a leaked report from the Department of Homeland Security also showed that under Hogan, auditors were able to get fake explosives past security screeners 95% of the time in covert tests.
With or without Hogan, it's expected to be a tough summer for travelers. US airlines expected to have their busiest summer in their history. And with the recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, security is still the top priority.