February 05, 2018 12:16 PM
Officials at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport have prepared for what's expected to be the busiest day of departures in the airport's history.
The airport is expecting 70,000 people to fly out of Monday, which is twice as many as the typical day. Phil Burke, the Director of Operations at MSP, is encouraging travelers to get to the ticket counter three hours before they depart.
The Transportation Security Administration will have every lane open, with extra officers and K-9s to screen. Burke said the ticketing lobby is expected to be the busiest.
"What we see on busy days is that the lines will crisscross, so we're going to have a large volunteer contingent out in the lobby, trying to organize that by airline and security checkpoints," Burke said.
Several travelers chose to spend the night at the airport after the big game, rather than a hotel. The airport made 800 sleeping pads available.
Eagles fans could be seen high-fiving, celebrating the franchise's first Super Bowl win. Patriot's fans, on the other hand, were dreading their day of travel a little more.
"I'm happy to be going home," said Brian Canney. "Everyone here was great, a little cold for me coming from Vegas, but it was fun."
The airport is also reminding travelers that drop-offs can be made on the arrival and departure levels Monday.
Traveling through MSP tomorrow? Remember 5-4-3-2-1.— MSP Airport (@mspairport) February 4, 2018
5 hours before departure - Check out from your hotel
4 hours before - Return your rental car
3 hours before - Check your bags
2 hours before - Go through @TSA Security
1 hour before - Be at your gate
Meanwhile, KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said traffic was stop-and-go on Highway 5 from Highway 55 to the airport exits between 5:10 and 5:50 a.m. Monday. Smith said traffic began clearing after that.
Updated: February 05, 2018 12:16 PM
Created: February 04, 2018 10:49 AM
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