Changes at MSP Should Speed up Security Checks

Posted at: 10/10/2012 5:08 PM
Updated at: 10/10/2012 6:25 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- There are some new changes to know about the next time you fly out of at the Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport.

Wednesday, terminal two or the Humphrey terminal, just opened up a new wing and a new security check point to better handle the crowds.

The new security point will help cut that time in half, and this comes just in time for the busy winter travel season.

"With the increasing loads, we were having some significant wait times with passengers unfortunately, and we're trying to be prepared for the winter rush," said Metropolitan Airport Commission's Dennis Probst.

With 3 million passengers traveling through terminal two, the brand new wing should relieve some congestion.

"Hopefully, a more comfortable and easy experience for people, and not standing on top of people," Probst added.

And once the old security check point is remodeled and open early next year, the airport hopes to have doubled it's security lanes.

"The peak waits we've been seeing are 45 minutes, we'd like to see those down to the 15-20 minutes range," said Probst.

And leading up to the security checkpoints is a brand new 18-hundred square foot floor mosaic designed by a Midwestern artist.

"It really sets up a colorful explosion of 'welcome to the airport'," artist Scott Parsons said.

But the warmest welcome to terminal two will come when the project is complete, and your next vacation starts as soon as you check in.

We're told another expansion includes a concession area with new restaurants.  That should be open by next year.