One Day After 60K-Plus Passengers, MSP Officials Overjoyed

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February 06, 2018 04:35 PM

Officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may not be Eagles-fans happy, but they're pretty close.

One day after a record-breaking number of passengers were screened at MSP, airports commissioners gathered to discuss how it all went.

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RELATED: TSA Reports Record 60,833 Screened at MSP Airport Monday

The short answer?

"Really couldn't be happier," MSP Director of Operations Phil Burke told commissioners Tuesday.

The numbers help explain why: on an average day, the Transportation Security Administration screens about 34,000 people at MSP. On Monday, they screened 60,883. On an average day, they check close to 18,000 bags. On Monday, they checked 34,368, another record.

"Even at that 7:30 peak (Monday morning)," Burke said, "it was, it was calm."

So how did they do it?

First off, officials planned for more than a year. The TSA also brought in an extra 100 officers from other airports, along with 20 passenger-screening canines. They opened every security lane – more than 30 total at the two terminals combined. And when you throw in a fleet of purple-clad volunteers, you get travelers that sound like John Bonacci.

RELATED: TSA: More Than 60K Passengers Screened in Record Travel Day at MSP

"No matter where you go, there's people everywhere directing you and things like that. Fantastic," the New England Patriots fan said Monday morning.

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