Recent DFW Airport TSA wait times average 20 minutes despite federal shutdown

TSA wait times at DFW Airport averaged 20 minutes as of Jan. 24, 2019.

TSA wait times at DFW Airport averaged 20 minutes as of Jan. 24, 2019.

Federal security screeners at the top airports in the nation continued to report absences at rates more than double the amount of absences reported last year.

According to a recent statement from the Transportation Security Administration, data from Jan. 24 shows a national rate of 7.6 percent of unscheduled TSA agent absences compared to a 3 percent rate one year ago on the same workday in 2018.

Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work because of financial limitations, the statement said. Many federal employees were furloughed during the longest government shutdown in the nation's history between December and January.

The statement did not include absences at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, but the airport reported TSA wait times of 20 minutes on Jan. 24, tying it with the Los Angeles International Airport as the fifth-longest reported TSA wait time among 42 airports.

Nationally, the TSA stated wait times are within normal TSA wait times of 30 minutes for standard lanes and 10 minutes for TSA Pre-approved, though some airports are experiencing longer than usual wait times.

“At this time, DFW Airport is experiencing normal operations,” DFW Airport spokesperson Cynthia Vega said in an email. “With that said, we continue to monitor our security checkpoints very closely. And, we remain very grateful to our TSA employees who are going above and beyond to assist our customers.”

Although the government shutdown has been resolved as of the afternoon of Jan. 25, it is unclear how much longer federal workers will have to wait to be paid.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.