Skip to main content

MSP Airport opens new checkpoint to help speed up security lines

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Getting through security is expected to go a lot faster at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Officials partially opened the new North Security Checkpoint at Terminal 1 (the Lindbergh terminal) on Tuesday, with the entire 10-lane checkpoint expected to be open by Friday, Melissa Scovronski of the Metropolitan Airports Commission told BringMeTheNews.

It will be one of two large checkpoints in the terminal – the other is the six-lane checkpoint at the south end of the ticketing area, which is already open. The other smaller checkpoints in the middle will be closed by the end of the week.

The security revamp, which is part of an overhaul at the airport, means there will be fewer checkpoints but more lanes – and it'll make the process faster and more efficient than before, officials say.

It's expected to reduce the average security wait time to about 15 minutes, KARE 11 says. Currently, people usually wait about 20-25 minutes to go through security, but it can be nearly an hour at peak travel times, according to the airport's website.

Cliff Van Leuven, the federal security director for TSA in Minnesota, told KARE 11 officials made sure to get the reconfiguration of the ticketing area done in time for spring break – one of the busiest times of year for the airport.

The new checkpoint area is also reconfigured, which will make it easier for travelers to gather their belongings and put their shoes back on after going through security, MPR News says.

Eventually, there will be signs above both checkpoints that will tell travelers how long they'll have to wait in line, FOX 9 reports.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission paid for and coordinated the construction of the $17 million redo of the terminal ticketing area from concessions, parking and rents, Melissa Scovronski of the Metropolitan Airports Commission told BringMeTheNews.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 2.51.49 PM

Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan

A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.

Hurricane Ian

Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida

Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.

image

Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

MissingBemidjiTeenBCA

Bemidji police appeal to find missing teenager

Tahlia Poitra was last seen Wednesday.

PacoAndLime

Crisp & Green owner launches new chain, with 12 MN locations planned

Steele Brands already owns and operates Crisp & Green and Stalk & Spade.

0

New vendor to open at Rosedale Center food hall

POTLUCK Food Hall offers a rotating collection of local restaurants and food retailers.

MadelynHowardMugMonroeCo

Woman charged in drunk driving incident that killed Minnetonka HS alum

Nate Stratton, 20, died from his injuries on Sept. 18.

LeeIGHGoFundMePhoto

Inver Grove Heights father killed during suspected burglary

Three people were arrested in connection to the homicide.

image

St. Paul's upcoming Spring Break restaurant will celebrate the 1980s

The restaurant is one of two new concepts bring brought to downtown St. Paul by local Chef Brian Ingram.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 11.19.05 AM

Man found shot dead on south Minneapolis sidewalk

The victim was found dead on a sidewalk in the Bryant neighborhood.

Related