Passengers face long wait times at airports for spring break as TSA freezes ...

Passengers face long wait times at airports during spring break as TSA experiences staff shortage due to hiring freeze TSA union boss says the hiring freeze has been put in place until April or May It will leave to staff shortages at security checkpoints  It comes as TSA attempts to address a living-wage pay rise of 3.1 per cent across the board for all staffers  Airports are already feeling the effect of the freeze, with wait times at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport stretching to 40 minutes

By Tauren Dyson For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:57 GMT, 27 February 2020 | Updated: 01:57 GMT, 27 February 2020

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Passengers flying out for spring break could face longer wait times at airports as the Transport Security Administration experiences a staffing shortage after putting in place a hiring freeze.  

A temporary hiring freeze has been put in place until April, or May, which will lead to staff shortages at security checkpoints, according to Union President Hydrick Thomas. 

It comes as the TSA attempts to address a living-wage pay rise across the board for all staffers.  

A TSA hiring freeze could mean longer wait times at airports during spring break

A TSA hiring freeze could mean longer wait times at airports during spring break

A Democratic congressional aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the TSA House oversight committee was forced to put the freeze in place as it addressed the pay hike of 3.1 per cent for federal workers.

The hikes will be put in place in accordance with a Congressional spending agreement announced in late 2019. 

Union head Thomas said he hasn't received official word on the freezes but he said regional TSA security directors did get word last week during a phone call.

A temporary hiring freeze has been put in place until April, or May, which will lead to staff shortages at security checkpoints, according to Union President Hydrick Thomas

A temporary hiring freeze has been put in place until April, or May, which will lead to staff shortages at security checkpoints, according to Union President Hydrick Thomas

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