MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Anxious and stressful are just a couple ways some describe the sight of airport security checkpoints.

“It’s, in many ways, ridiculous,” said Lori Lutz, a frequent traveler at the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.

So, when Lutz discovered a little known security checkpoint at the MSP Lindbergh terminal, she felt like she hit the airport lottery.

“It’s faster, a hidden gem,” she said.

Checkpoint 10 is the ticket for airline employees and frequent travelers. It’s on the skyway between concourses G and C, according to airport spokesperson, Melissa Scrovonski.

“I have been actually been told by some business people not to tell anything about this because they really, really love it and know it is a fast way to get through. Some people say, don’t let the secret out,” said Scrovonski. “So, that means there are shorter lines here. It does close at 10 o’clock at night, so you have to be aware of that.”

She also warns that you can’t check luggage at this gate. It’s carry-on only. She advises those who want to try Checkpoint 10 to park in the red or blue ramp, or take the tram over.

Also, Scrovonski emphasizes it makes the most sense to use Checkpoint 10 if you are on the A or B concourse, or have flights between C12 to C27, or G14 through G21. To see a map, click on Alternative Check In Sites on the MSP website.

Frequent flyers should also consider the new “TSA Pre” program, which took off last month at MSP and in six other US cities. In the upgraded security line, pre-screened passengers don’t have to take off their shoes, jackets, belts or remove their laptops.

“I was instant approved, which is amazing. That doesn’t usually happen with the TSA either,” said Brian Keegan of St Paul. “I think they’ve been listening to their public and their customers.”

Frequent Delta and American airline travelers who don’t pose a TSA security risk are now ushered through the TSA Pre line after a background check. The information on passengers is shared between the airlines and the TSA. Up to four hundred people can sail through an hour, which shortens lines for the rest of us.

If you don’t fly often, you can apply to the TSA Pre program for a screening and a fee.

“The idea is that people who fly on a regular basis probably don’t pose a threat to security of the nation, so it’s a way to acknowledge that fact,” said Scrovonski.

Minneapolis-based travel expert Terry Trippler has even more advice to get through lines: Use your shoe.

“Your shoe is the greatest container for getting through security,” said Trippler. “Take your change, take your money, take your wallet, put it in your shoe, so it’s all in one spot, so when it comes through security, the bin comes through, your phone is in your shoe, everything.”

Scrovonski adds some little known other facts when it comes to shoes. She says kids under 12 don’t have to take off shoes in security lines, a big help to parents and all of us with spring break approaching.

“Kindles and iPads don’t have to be taken out of their cases like laptops do,” said Scrovonski.

Lastly, Scrovonski said to remember to put liquids in containers three ounces or less. Sometimes people put three ounces of liquid in a large container, but Scrovonkski said new screening equipment will automatically flag you for a bag check if that’s the case, again slowing down the lines.

Comments (11)
  1. Andy says:

    I got an idea, TSA stop patting down/molesting children when they go through the checkpoint. Maybe that will speed things up.

    1. djp says:

      Funny…terrorists would not hesitate to blow up a kid! Idiot

      1. Andy says:

        You’re right moron, when my 6 year old was molested, pasty white blonde haired little girl from apple valley, she could have had a bomb? If the idiot below new anything about politics, generally people who support Obama, are for big government intrusion like the TSA. I voted for Ron Paul.

        1. missy says:

          @Andy, I totally agree with you. There is so much more to TSA than meets the eye. They don’t have to go through police training, yet they are the “police” of the airports. They can violate constitutional rights with no consequences. They use their own judgement to operate their “services”. Grandmas, children, well endowed women, and anyone they friggin’ want to get their special “treatment”. Meanwhile, women with burkas, men of middle eastern backgrounds walk right through. No pat downs, no double checking/screening. Unless we get rid of this government agency, we will slowly watch our freedom and liberties begin to dwindle, all for the sake of “security”. By the way, those huge scanners that they claim don’t have any radiation, or minimal radiation, well John Hopkins University reported those things to have excessive radiation. Why do you think you can see bones on that scan??? Duh! Pregnant women, do NOT go through those scanners!!!

          1. Rusty Shackelford says:

            Andy and Missy are idiots, this was implemented as a result of 9/11. Obama had nothing to do with it. Remember, Code red because we were so stupid we could not tell if there was a dangerous situation a foot.

            1. Andy says:

              At least I can read rusty. I was responding to the guy who accused me of voting for Obama, nice try. Terrorism is the new cold war, a way for the government to keep its citizens paranoid and scared, and dependent on them. Because of 9/11 we should not be abused and molested at the airport because of paranoid whack jobs like you. We should not have to sacrifice civil liberties for so called safety. You are a perfect example it seems how the government exerts more, and more control by keeping you paranoid of an imminent attack. Again it’s not about safety, it’s about control, and if molesting children at the airport makes you feel safer, you need a lot of mental help.

    2. wally says:

      Gee Andy, I am willing to bet you voted for the Big O!

      1. Jack says:

        you voted for the big B! He was winner, eh!

  2. Andy says:

    TSA is such a waste of space. All they are is the illusion of safety, and security.

  3. eric says:

    This checkpoint has mainly been used to facilitate airline employees going to work or traveling after they’ve already had to park at the other terminal and wait for light rail to transport them here. Thank you MSP spokeswoman and WCCO for adding even more time to our commute.

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