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.