MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Travelers will need to pay close attention to what security line they get in at the airport starting Monday.
Construction at MSP’s Terminal 1 will force TSA Pre travelers south, and all others to the north check point.
“We’re doing some remodeling work that affects the south security check point and the amount of space we have for lanes,” said John Welbes, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
TSA PreCheck passengers will be directed to the south check point. If you have CLEAR, you can also go south — but only if the traveler also has PreCheck.
“Oh no, that’s awful,” said traveler Anna Eleria.
All others, head north.
“For families that typically, or most often don’t have TSA PreCheck, the lines are going to be even longer,” Eleria said.
The construction is part of a bigger plan to expand the south check point, and to make the airport experience better for passengers.
“The airport is growing. We have increased passenger load, we need additional space in Terminal 1,” Welbes said.
It is making frequent travelers closely contemplate future flights.
“That may change when I need to get here, and if I want to go through the process of getting pre-approved,” said traveler Jeanne Morozek.
The airport is not expecting additional wait times on Monday, so stick with two-hours early for domestic, three hours for international. The changes will stay in place through about mid-December, when the project is expected to be complete.
The airport will monitor lines on Monday, and say it will make adjustments as needed.