Transcript for TSA Responds to Airport Delays With More Screeners
All right, and now to the latest on those massive airport security lines. Take a look at these images coming in from Chicago. Passengers across the country waiting for hours and hours. The tsa now bringing in extra screeners to Chicago. ABC's Alex Perez is there at o'hare airport with the latest. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Amy. Check this out behind me here. You can see the line already snaking through the security checkpoint here and while there is some relief in sight, the number of passengers is only expected to grow. Very long wait lines. Reporter: This is the new norm for passengers at many of the nation's airports and this morning, word those frustrating long lines could soon be even worse. They told us the security lines might be 2 1/2, 3 hours. Reporter: Overnight airline industry experts revealing we are headed for a record high travel season this summer. 231 million passengers expected. Compared to 222 million last year. That's 95,000 more passengers every day. Took me about 45 minutes to get through the checkpoint. I don't know what the deal is. Reporter: With patience wearing thin. Are you Kidding me, tsa? What the . Reporter: A mea culpa from the tsa Tuesday after a travel nightmare in Chicago led to epic lines and thousands of missed flights leaving many sleeping on cots at the airport. I do appall Christ to the people who found themselves stranded in Chicago yesterday. I doesn't know what the cause of that was. Reporter: A major part, since 2013 the tsa has lost 5,000 agents but passenger volume has spiked more than 8%. Chicago's airports, some relief in sight. 100 part-time screeners will be rushed to full time work by this weekend and 250 more agents headed here in the coming months. And the pressure is on. There are now calls for the head of the tsa to resign if the lines are not under control by memorial day. That's just about two weeks away. George. A lot of pressure this weekend. Thanks very much.
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