May 25, 2016

    Security chief axed over long waits for airport checks in US


    THE head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been replaced amid questions about why he was paid US$90,000 (S$125,000) in bonuses when airport security lines were growing, a congressional committee said on Monday.

    "Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA, following our hearing on May 12 on mismanagement at TSA," the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said on its Twitter account.

    Mr Hoggan's removal comes as wait times for security checks at US airports are prompting a public outcry.

    "Obviously, waiting three hours for what may be a two-hour flight or a 90-minute flight is not acceptable," Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said after the hearing.

    He had promised to reduce wait times with what he called an "aggressive plan" despite fewer agents at the TSA and growing numbers of travellers.