>> Airport screening delays at TSA checkpoints have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines passengers to miss their flights so far this year. The number out Thursday quantifying for the first time the unprecedented delays choking airports ahead of the peak travel season. Reuters Airlines Correspondent Jeffrey Dastin.>> American is the world's largest airline, so while more than 60 million people have boarded flights that American scheduled through April this year making 70,000 not an enormous portion of its operation.
It still has a huge impact when you consider American's just one of several top carriers in the United States. If you have taken Delta, United, or Southwest, you're looking at two, three, four times that 70,000 statistic. Meaning, so many people that you actually see in security lines this spring and summer, they might be missing their flights.
>> The TSA is taking measures to shorten lines>> Hiring more full time officers. But it says it lacks the staffing to handle the raw number of travelers hoping to try this summer. This has airlines worried about a perfect storm during peak season. As we move into the summer, we have more planes completely full and what that means if that if someone misses a flight American can't just put them on the flight right after or perhaps can't even put them on the flight after that or after that.
You have the situation in which the airline ends up having to care for customers, that are in affect stranded in airports because their planes are so full. And there's not another seat to give them.>> The TSA projects it will screen 740 million people at US airports this year, up 15% from 2013.
Despite a 12% cut in staff.