RDU adding extra security lines in move to offset increase in travelers


RENOVATE TWO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS. ON MONDAY, LEADERS FROM FORT BRAGG WILL TOUR A HOME BEING UPGRADED. E17 WILL BE THERE AND HAVE UPDATES ON THE NEWSCAST AND ONLINE ON CBS17.COM. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MOVING TO THE TRIANGLE IS CAUSING PROBLEMS AT RDU. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE AIRPORT, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED LINES ARE LONG. THEY ARE LONG DURING PEAK LINE TIMES. TONIGHT CONSUMER INVESTIGATOR’S GET ANSWERS ON WHAT THE AIRPORT AND TSA ARE DOING TO SHORTEN THE LINES WHILE KEEPING YOU SAFE. Reporter: THE TSA CONSIDERS EXPLOSIVES TO BE THE GREATEST IT TO OUR AVIATION SYSTEM. WHETHER THEY ARE IN LUGGAGE WERE BROUGHT ON BOARD AIRCRAFT BY A TERRORIST. THAT IS WHY DOGS LIKE THIS ARE CONSIDERED VITAL TO MAKING SURE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN. SHE HAD HER HANDLER WORK THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT AT THE R D TERMINAL 2. THE CHECKPOINT WAS MORE AND MORE CONGESTED EVERY DAY. I NOTICED THEY ARE VERY LONG. SOMETIMES EXTENDING TWO HOURS. IT BECAME CHALLENGING FOR CUSTOMERS. THE LINE WAS COMING OUT OF THE CHECKPOINT AND WRAPPING AROUND THE BUILDING. Reporter: INMATE THE AIRPORT ADDED TWO ADDITIONAL SECURITY LINES. IT IS NOT ENOUGH. R D IS A VICTIM OF GROWTH. THE AIRPORT HAS SEEN A 40% INCREASE IN PASSENGERS AT TERMINAL 2 IN THE PAST 5 YEARS. NEARLY 13 MILLION PASSENGERS USE THE AIRPORT IN 2018. USE THE AIRPORT IN 2018. THE AIRPORT IS TAKING OVER THE AREA THAT USED TO HOUSE A RESTAURANT TO ADD TWO MORE SECURITY CHECKPOINTS. THE TSA HAS ADDED OR THAN 30 NEW AGENTS TO THE SECURITY OPERATION. AT THE FRONT LINE, THE CANINE EXPLOSIVE DETECTION TEAMS. WE WORK IN THE CROWD, USUALLY IN THE LINE. IT IS A DANCE TO GET THE PASSENGERS LINED UP. YOU HAVE TO HAVE PATIENCE. Reporter: AS CROWDS INCREASE, THE NUMBER OF CANINE TEAMS WILL INCREASE. THEY HELP KEEP TRAVELERS MOVING AND WHAT ULTIMATELY WILL BE 14 SECURITY CHECKPOINT STATIONS AT RDU. AS FOR THE DOGS, YOU WILL SEE MORE OF THEM AS YOU TRAVEL. EVEN IF IT IT’S NOT AT RDU. THEY ARE NOT JUST AT AIRPORTS.

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