By: Omar Jimenez, WBAL

LINTHICUM, Md. —Across the country, stories of frustration are prompting some airports to face a security decision about keeping the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA admits being aware of significant increases in travelers and longer wait times at airports. More than 1.5 million passengers flew through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in February, which is a record for the month.


Despite the growing trend in passengers, the airport says it's ready. But travelers said they are doing more, and more travelers are waiting.


"As much as we do travel, we're seeing less people and less lanes open, which is really tying up the traveler and getting them upset," passenger Julie Alilovich said.

"There's a lot of people that don't fly very often. We fly all the time, and people that don't fly very often are not familiar with these procedures and that can slow it down too," passenger J.J. Sullivan said.


BWI-Marshall said it's seen increased passenger volume for eight straight months, which is leading to an all-time annual record for passenger traffic in 2015, at close to 24 million people.


"We've seen some longer lines than usual at our TSA security checkpoints. We've seen longer lines, primarily in the very early hours," said Jonathan Dean, with BWI-Marshall.


Across the country, those longer lines have prompted some airports, such as those in Seattle, Atlanta and New York, to consider doing away with TSA screeners altogether.


In total, 22 airports in the U.S. use private contractors for security screening. At BWI-Marshall, where the TSA program actually started in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, doing away with those screeners is not currently on the table.


"We work very closely with TSA and with the airlines to manage the security checkpoints here at the airport. We continue working with them to see what measures may be taken to help reduce passenger wait times," Dean said.


Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that "TSA is increasing the staffing of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to help expedite the checkpoint process without sacrificing security. This will allow TSOs to provide effective service at airports that are expected to have the highest passenger volume."


To help accommodate some of that growing traffic, the airport said they're creating a new security checkpoint set to be open by the end of the year.


On top of increasing security officer staffing, the TSA said they've expanded their outreach efforts for the TSA's PreCheck program and are working with airports and airlines to support non-security screening tasks, such as returning bins to the front of waiting lines, for example.