With the COVID-19 pandemic on the downslide in the United States, more people are heading to airports for travel. But with more people at the airport, wait times at security are growing.
Will Rogers World Airport officials said travelers should add an extra hour or two for domestic flights and three for international.
“The ticket counters start to back up which then TSA backs up as well,” WRWA Public Information and Marketing Manager Stacey Hamm said. “If your flight is flying out early in the morning you definitely want to adhere to that.”
Hamm said afternoon travelers will have a slightly shorter average wait time.
“On Thursday afternoons we have a lot of people coming in and out, so it just depends on how many flights are going in and out in the afternoon,” Hamm explained.
Officials at Will Rogers World Airport have created a backup plan if lines get too long.
“When this first checkpoint here starts to back up TSA will open up the second one and send passengers through so that way we get more people through the queue,” Hamm said.
To help speed up the process, it’s best to be prepared so you don’t hold up the line. Seasoned traveler Ricardo Marquis Newton said he has a plan each time he flies.
“Certain things I don’t put in my bag. The only thing I really have to take out is my laptop and my PlayStation. I make sure to wear comfortable shoes,” Newton said.
Having your belt or jacket off and your pockets empty can help you get through TSA quickly as well, Hamm added. You can also apply for TSA pre-check status.
Masks are still required inside the airport and on planes.