With spring break season in full swing in North America, it’s a good idea to check to see if your airport has made any announcements regarding how early you should arrive before your flight to make sure you get through security.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote today that MSP is adding 30 minutes to its recommended time, meaning it suggests passengers arrive 2 hours, 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled departure from now through at least April 20. That applies to both terminals. Even if you aren’t flying out of MSP, this is a good time of year to check wait times.
You may find your wait time varies, of course, based on the day of the week or time of day, but security checkpoint staffing levels are also a determining factor.
One way U.S. travelers can help lessen their wait time is to register for the TSA PreCheck program. This should give you access to the PreCheck lanes on a regular basis (although it is not guaranteed to you on every flight). Travelers may also be able to get updated information by downloading the TSA App to their smartphones or by visiting the TSA’s mobile website. The wait times for specific airports and terminals are user-generated, meaning that you may have information available to you in close to real time.
Regardless, because of North American spring break traffic, travelers should be aware that it may be necessary to wait longer than usual to get through security.