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Adding TSA Agents for Summer Travel Rush

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A TSA explosives detection dog sniffs passengers as they go through a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in Atlanta, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Karl Nelson   |   Friday, 19 May 2017 11:34 AM

The TSA is adding additional agents as they prepare for a record number of passengers who will be flying in the U.S. throughout the summer.

A record 234.1 million American travelers are expected to fly this summer, which is nearly 10 million more people than last summer, according to ABC News.

The TSA says it's prepared for what's being referred to as a "travel onslaught," after last summer, when passengers were outraged after having to deal with hours-long lines all across the country, ABC News said.

The TSA has added 2,000 additional agents and 50 more canine teams to deal with the massive influx of fliers between June and August.

"As we approach the summer break, securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority," said Huban A. Gowadia, TSA's acting administrator, according to the network. "It is well known that terrorists continue to focus on aviation, which is why the TSA continues to focus on providing robust security screening."

There will also be some automated screening lanes at airports across the country to assist the TSA in keeping the lines under control.

According to Fox 6 Now, TSA officials are encouraging summer travelers to "only bring what is necessary through the checkpoint."

"Communication is the key," said Mary Dresen, a supervisory transportation security officer, according to Fox 6 Now. "We want you to be treated with dignity."

The TSA has a program -- TSA Cares -- for travelers with serious medical conditions, and these individuals are being urged to sign up for the program at least 72 hours before flying.

The TSA is also telling future passengers to sign up for pre-check so that there won't be the same amount of restlessness in the checkpoint lines as there was last summer.

"TSA here in Milwaukee will ensure that our Pre-Check lanes are open longer this summer travel period," said Mark Lendvay, a TSA federal security director, according to Fox 6 Now.

A4A Vice President John Heimlich has an explanation for the significant increases in the amount of people traveling by air today.

"Rising U.S. GDP, a steadily improving economy, all-time high household net worth and low airfares are fueling the expected growth in summer air travel," Heimlich said, according to ABC News. "We continue to see consumers value experiences and travel, and airlines are responding accordingly."

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