TSA takes the blame for long lines at DIA

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the fed­eral agency in charge of air­port se­cu­rity, has done an about-face over the un­usu­ally long lines at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port dur­ing a hol­i­day crunch pe­riod.

From late Dec. 28 to early the next day, trav­el­ers at DIA waited up to three hours to be screened.

At that time, TSA blamed weather in the Mid­west for caus­ing air­craft de­lays, trip cancellations and resched­uled flights, which led to the an­noy­ingly long lines. Now, TSA is com­ing clean.

“Af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, TSA de­ter­mined that cor­rect staffing pro­to­cols were not fol­lowed at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port overnight on Dec. 28-29, re­sult­ing in un­usu­ally long wait times,” ac­cord­ing to a TSA state­ment. “TSA took steps to en­sure that ap­pro­pri­ate staffing and re­sources were al­lo­cated for the re­main­der of the hol­i­day travel sea­son and will con­tinue to em­ploy the lessons learned that evening and early morn­ing.”

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