TSA reveals summer's busiest times to fly from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

The Twin Cities airport is gearing up for a busy summer travel season.
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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says more people are planning trips and and out of Minnesota this year than ever before.

That'll mean a potentially fraught experience for anyone flying through the Twin Cities, as eager vacationers descend on the airport for their summer trips.

That's why the Transportation Security Administration, which has revealed its estimates of what will be the busiest times to fly from the airport, so that travelers can get arrive earlier for their flight.

So what days are likely to see you wait the longest to get through security?

There are four of them, apparently, with the TSA saying Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays typically see the longest wait during the summers.

As for when you're flying, if you're arriving at the airport between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., and again between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., you're going to have a longer wait.

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TSA Minnesota says it expects to increase an extra 1,125 people a day during this summer compared to last, for a total of 37,400 passengers per day.

It's said it'll be drafting in extra workers in the departures lobby to help minimize wait times.

Not that we want to do the TSA's jobs for them, but you can avoid some of the lines by signing up for TSA Precheck, which costs $85 for a five year membership, or Global Entry, which costs $100 for 5 years and provides expedited customs screening as well.

The TSA is also reminding passengers that screening procedures now require you to place all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in bins for x-ray screening – you can't just leave them in your carry-on anymore.

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