Expect tighter security at MSP Int'l Airport this week

Airport security over the holidays

MINNEAPOLIS - Traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport isn't expected to really pick up until Wednesday, but already, the Transportation Security Administration wants travelers at the airport earlier than normal.

Thanksgiving marks the first holiday since the TSA announced tighter security in response to recent incidents, including the terror attacks on Paris and the bombing of a Russian passenger plane.

"They are being even more vigilant than ever with the bags and screening as people go through and of course that always takes a little more time. Even a few seconds per person is going to add up," said MSP International Airport spokesperson Melissa Scovron.

MSP normally recommends an arrival of about an hour and a half before a flight. However, TSA is asking travelers to make it two hours.

"That's about what we would also be saying, as well. Given the fact that it is a busy holiday time and the fact is that the TSA has also put that out, it means something," Scovron added. MSP recommends you try its Quick Ride Ramp to avoid any parking issues, which can be used if you're flying out of Terminal One.

For international flights, travelers should check with their airline.

"I was in Calgary over the weekend I just noticed in customs, on the way in, immigration was asking more questions than I would normally be used to," said John Hobday of Minnetonka. "Normally they would go through their paperwork and ask you something but this was, 'What do you do for work? and 'Oh, what background do you have for that? and 'Interesting, and that qualifies you to do this?"

According to Triple A, nearly 47 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, the most since 2007.


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