5 Things to Know About Dallas Travel Amidst the TSA Issues

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4. Listen to the airlines. — Patricia Condon, a spokeswoman for Virgin America Airlines, says that lines at Love Field have increased slightly so far this year and that Virgin is experiencing some delays for flights leaving the airport. Through September, Virgin, like the TSA and other airlines, recommends that fliers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flights, about 30 minutes earlier than the previously standard 90 minutes.

5. If you fly even once a year, you might want to get PreCheck. — If you enroll in PreCheck, the TSA's trusted traveler program, you get to hop in a shorter security line, leave your shoes and belt on and leave your laptop in your bag as you go through screening. PreCheck costs $85 and is good for five years.

It's easy to see the problem getting worse before it gets better, the TSA has pledged to hire more screeners, but the hiring process and training takes time. Add in the agency's 10 percent annual attrition rate, and issues will continue to fester. Two senators, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, have asked carriers to stop charging for checked bags over the summer to lower the number of carry-ons the TSA has to look at, but that's not going to happen. 
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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