After the Super Bowl: Atlanta Airport security wait times are now exceeding 1 hour
The Super Bowl is over, and folks are all set to head home. That can mean only one thing: It's time for Mass-Exodus Monday - the day everything slows to a crawl as Super Bowl visitors leave town.
The Atlanta Airport is already expecting an eye-popping 100,000 travelers to pass through their security gates today (normal traffic is around 70,000 to 80,000 passengers screened a day).
As of 8:30 a.m., security wait times are increasing rapidly.
- Domestic Main Checkpoint: Over 1 hour
- Domestic North Checkpoint: Over 1 hour
- Domestic South Checkpoint: 30 - 45 minutes
- International Checkpoint: less than 15 minutes.
According to TSA Spokesperson Mark Howell, Atlanta's airport is fully staffed. Officials said they've brought in 100 out of town TSA agents to make sure the lines keep moving. They've also brought in 27 canine teams to keep everyone safe. The canine teams are comprised of 16 local teams and 11 out of town teams.
To make sure you get to your destination on time, they recommend the following:
Use the "5-4-3-2-1" method:
- 5 hours before your flight: Check out of your hotel
- 4 hours before your flight: Turn in your rental car
- 3 hours before your flight: Check your bags
- 2 hours before your flight: Go through security
- 1 hour before departure: Be at your gate, ready to board
You can also check the wait times for TSA security checkpoints by heading to the Airport website.
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