MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar is urging a TSA staffing increase at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport due to an increase in wait times.
The Minnesota Democrat and presidential candidate addressed longer passenger wait times during a Sunday meeting.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
According to the TSA, average passenger wait times are 30 to 60 minutes. Between 2012 and 2017, MSP passenger traffic increased 12 percent, while TSA reduced screeners by 9 percent.READ MORE: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo Will Not Seek 3rd Term
Despite the increase in fliers, Sen. Klobuchar says MSP has lost 50 full-time TSA workers in that time.
“With spring break upon us and after the Final Four, it is a good time to push the TSA more on adding more employees to this airport,” Sen. Klobuchar said.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: 6K+ New Cases Reported, Along With 38 More Deaths
Klobuchar has sent a letter to the TSA administrator, advising him to increase staffing at MSP.