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Airport Lines Are Too Long but TSA Cites Speedup in Baggage Screening


Charlotte airport baggage screening (TSA)

At the nation's airports, the Transportation Security Administration is having a bad spring upstairs, but is apparently doing better downstairs.

That's because long security lines have become a major problem, with long wait times at various airports resulting in hundreds of missed flights for passengers and delayed flights for airlines. These are obvious problems that are widely reported.

At the same time, airlines and passengers have benefited from TSA's installation of new inline baggage screening systems at more than 100 airports. These are below ground, rarely seen by passengers or anyone else.

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Last week, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, TSA showed off its new baggage screening systems to reporters.

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"Improvements in technology including the inline baggage systems are not only enhancing the security of travelers but also help with moving people and baggage through more efficiently," said TSA spokesman David Castelveter.

Even American Airlines (AAL - Get Report) , which has repeatedly condemned the impact of TSA staffing on its passengers, had kind words for the new baggage screening at Charlotte, the airline's second-busiest hub.

"We've already seen tremendous improvement in handling times with the new inline baggage system," said Katie Cody, American Airlines' Charlotte...