The Transportation Security Administration wants to cut down on wait times at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The TSA is now accepting applications for 30 new positions to speed up passenger screening and increase security. The move comes after airport officials reported a three-percent increase in passengers last year.
Officials at the airport say the problem has not completely been more passengers, but more people are carrying on their bags to avoid fees being charged by airlines to check luggage. The TSA must x-ray all carry-on items, and in June 2010 scanned about 40,000. Almost a year later, that number was up to near 100,000 per month in carry on bags. Currently, there are about 400 full and part-time TSA employees used at Lambert Airport.