Frustrated airport officials threaten to ditch TSA and outsource

Hate waiting in long airport security lines? Turns out, airport officials hate it, too.

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A few of the busiest airports in the country have joined forces to tell the Transportation Safety Administration to speed things up, or else.

In a letter to the TSA, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that some 126 million passengers travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports each year and that long lines are costly. 

"Given the adverse customer service and economic impacts, we can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of TSA passenger screening services," Port Authority officials wrote.

The letter said the Port Authority is exploring the idea of discontinuing service with the TSA in favor of a private security screening company.

It isn’t the first threatening letter that the TSA has received in recent months. Atlanta’s international airport may also be shopping around after becoming frustrated with wait times.

Twenty-two airports across the nation use private screening companies, including some major airports like San Francisco International Airport and Kansas City International Airport.

But for those that still use the TSA, traveler frustration is growing. A new social media campaign calls for travelers to post pictures of long security lines at airports across the nation with the hashtag #IHateTheWait.

The TSA said it's taking several steps to speed things up, including hiring more staff and encouraging pre-checks.

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