Airport security lines could increase after sequester

February 21, 2013, 10:31 pm EDT

For anyone who thinks airport security checkpoints are an abomination now, just wait until the sequester kicks in.

That’s the warning the federal government and Democrats in the U.S. House have issued.

Should the so-called sequestration take effect March 1, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is threatening to furlough employees.

“Furloughs of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) would substantially increase airline passenger wait times by as much as an hour at the Nation’s largest and busiest airports,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in written testimony earlier this month. “Such delays would affect air travel significantly, potentially causing thousands of passengers to miss flights with negative economic consequences at the both the local and national levels.”

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