DFW AIRPORT - Right now spirits couldn`t be higher in the airline industry. Nearly 4 billion passengers are projected to fly this year which would be a record, but there's a problem; not enough pilots.
A study by the University of North Dakota`s aviation department predicts there will be 15,000 fewer pilots in the U.S. than we need in 2026. Why? Longer and more expensive training requirements combined with starting salaries that can be as low as $20,000 a year.
That’s why there’s been a steady decline in student pilot certificates issued in the U.S. since 2007.
But as the number of pilots to choose from gets smaller the security checkpoint lines seem to be getting bigger. That`s led to TSA and American Airlines teaming up to introduce automated screening.
The new technology is supposed to enhance security while decreasing the time passengers spend in screening by 30%. The initial rollouts of the speedier checkout lanes will be in Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
Impatient travelers won't have to wait too much longer to see the new technology as it’s expected as soon as this fall, just in time for the busy holiday season!