Improving the efficiency of airport security screening checkpoints

Passenger data calculated to speed up preflight processes

By Ronald G. Askin and Jorge A. Sefair

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for security at nearly 440 federalized airports. TSA’s approximately 50,000 transportation security officers (TSOs) screened over 2,000,000 passengers per day departing on over 25,000 daily flights before the COVID-19 pandemic. While air travel dropped, levels had rebounded to more than 1,000,000 daily passengers as of February 2021.

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