Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

MSP's plan to speed up security lines: Fewer checkpoints, but more lanes

Author:

A security revamp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will leave Terminal 1 with just two checkpoints for passengers to go through screening – but officials say it will mean a faster, more efficient process than what's currently being used.

The Star Tribune reports the Metropolitan Airports Commission approved a one-year, $18 million plan to turn four existing checkpoints at the terminal into one, larger, 10-lane option. It will have more space for conveyor belts, and extra room for passengers to re-dress after getting through the line.

In addition, the Pioneer Press says the Hotdish restaurant on the other end of the terminal will be eliminated, making room for a second larger checkpoint.

Currently, there are eight checkpoints at Terminal 1, the airport says: six on the ticketing level, one international checkpoint on Concourse G, and a skyway security checkpoint (for those with carry-on baggage only).

But the Pioneer Press reports long security wait times are the chief complaint among travelers at MSP.

The airport says the average wait time is 20-25 minutes, but it can be nearly an hour at peak times. They recommend getting there two hours prior to a domestic flight's departure time, and two-and-a-half hours before for an international flight.

The Star Tribune says construction will start in the spring. Once completed, Terminal 1 will have two security checkpoints – one at each end of the ticketing area.

Last year, Travel+Leisure Magazine asked readers to name the airports with the best security checkpoints. MSP actually came in 11th, and the magazine said the airport's "efficiency" is due in part to the $3.2 billion overhaul completed in 2010. The skyway security access point, for those without checked bags, is noted as a highlight.

To get a heads-up on security checkpoint wait times, you can check the TSA app website (though the updates rely on users to submit the info, meaning it may be outdated).

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related

airport security

You can use either security checkpoint at MSP starting Tuesday

It brings an end to the split resulting from construction in the terminal.