MSP Airport is going to be really busy this week


Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is going to be busy.

The airport calls this week "traditionally one of the busiest weeks of the year," and says you should plan ahead for flights with more of a time cushion than normal.

The reason? MEA weekend, the mid-October break that gives students Thursday and Friday off – meaning one last shot at a non-winter mini-vacation for the year.

"It's the last hurrah for families who want to take a family vacation before the holidays set in," MSP Airport spokesperson Patrick Hogan told the Pioneer Press.

So what do you need to know?

Well, MSP recommends getting there at least 90 minutes before your departure time – give yourself even longer if you have children coming with.

On Twitter, the airport has sent out a reminder multiple times in the past few days.

On its FAQ page, the airport says the average security wait time is about 20-25 minutes, but it can be as long as 50 minutes during busy periods.

Airport officials told KARE 11 they expect about 120,000 travelers each day this week, up from the norm of about 100,000.

You can use the TSA app on desktop (or download it to your phone/tablet) to check traveler-submitted wait times at airports. (There's an example to the right.)

You can also punch in an item if you're not sure if you can put it in your carry-on, and the app will tell you.

Want to really plan ahead? Here are MEA weekend dates for the next decade.

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