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Lawmakers discuss long TSA lines, suggest solutions

Travelers stand in line as they prepare to pass through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Miami International Airport, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Miami. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer vacations for many and a busy travel period, serves as a crucial test for the TSA. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

With the summer travel season officially here, some travelers are experiencing some unwanted changes, including two to three hour wait times in TSA Screening lines in some airports across the country.

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For some, a three hour flight could mean six hours of travel, a new reality that's prompted many to call for a change in strategy.

While some passengers have enrolled in TSA PreCheck, others have called for more TSA agents.

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Frequent traveler Janice Nyborg, who has a metal knee, said Tuesday the problem has been an ongoing one for her.

"You have to sit there until they can get someone to come over and then they wand you. And do the whole nine yards and then they go gee- it was your knee," Nyborg said.

Just before returning to their districts, many lawmakers in Washington said they want to make fixing the TSA a priority."

"You have to get goods and people to where they need to go if they're going to have a strong economy," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York).

"We need to take these behavior detection officers , there's about 3000 of them nationwide, and redeploy them to the front lines," said Rep. John Katko (R-New York). Katko is also the Chairman of the Transportation Security Subcommittee.

Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) called for changes to pre-screening.

"We should be able to be more effective in identifying people who actually pose a threat and have those people go through some advanced screening," he said.

In a Best Places to work ranking, put together by the Partnership for Public Service, The Department of Homeland Security (which oversees TSA) was ranked dead last on a list of large government agencies.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said there is a plan in place.

"We are aggressively bringing on, expediting the hiring of more TSOs. With the support of Congress, we've got additional money to pay the existing workforce more overtime," Secretary Johnson said last week.

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