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Long security lines here to stay - TSA chief

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>> Growing outrage over long security lines at the nation's airports, prompting lawmakers to call TSA head Peter Neffenger up to Capitol Hill, Wednesday. Neffenger warned there isn't a quick fix, and delays getting through security will continue to be a problem.>> This year, we project our checkpoints, nationwide, will screen some 740 million people.
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By comparison, in 2013, TSA screened 643 million people, that's an increase of 100 million people in just 4 years, while our full time work force has reduced by more than 12%.>> His testimony comes two days after he fired his head of security. Without long grandstanding speeches by law makers looking for onscreen time, the head of the TSA actually had time to lay out how he intends to get passengers through security check points quicker.
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In the short term, he's going to use increased congressional funding to hire more workers and switch part timers to full time. And a long term fix is already being tested says Reuters airlines reporter Jeffrey Destin.>> This week Atlanta started an automated delivery of bins where customers put their carry on bags.
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There's a chip in the bin that knows exactly who the passenger is who put the belongings in the bin and kind of tracks that passenger's movement through the security check point.>> The idea is that slower passengers can be bypassed and TSA personnel can be freed up to do screening instead of managing the bins.
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But all that won't come soon enough to shorten lines nation wide for the upcoming travel season, which is expected to see the largest number of air travelers ever.