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MSP Airport gearing up for busy MEA travel week reopens both checkpoints

Updated: October 07, 2019 10:11 PM

With many Minnesota schools set to close from Oct. 16-18 for the annual Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) Conference, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is gearing up for a busy travel week.

MSP said plans are underway to help ensure travelers have a pleasant experience at the airport.

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Starting Tuesday of this week, all travelers will be able to choose North or South checkpoints in Terminal 1, MSP said. The South Checkpoint had been reserved for travelers with TSA PreCheck since Aug. 19, due to a nearby construction project. But, MSP said the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has altered the construction phasing and is returning both checkpoints to their pre-Aug. 19 status two months ahead of schedule. The number of workers to help travelers has also been increased.

MSP also said Checkpoint 10, between the Blue and Red parking ramps and opening onto the skyway that connects Concourses C and G, is also now available for passengers who only have carry-on bags. It will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Delta Air Lines now has two check-in options on the east upper-level roadway, according to MSP. The airline moved Sky Cap services to the east curb, and a new facility is now available.

The airport also announced some fun activities over MEA break, including:

  • A balloon artist, face painting and giveaways in Terminal 1, outside Stone Arch restaurant in the airport mall, from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
  • A balloon artist and giveaways in Terminal 2, near gates H7 and H8, from 5-8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, plus a magician in Terminal 1 from 1-3 p.m.
  • A balloon artist from 1-3 p.m. in Terminal 1 on Friday, Oct. 18.

In addition to the MEA fun, MSP announced several new food concessions, and two new mobile phone apps for travelers to order through: "At Your Gate" and "Grab".

You can find more information on travel and parking here. Travelers are advised to arrive at least two hours prior to a domestic flight or three hours before an international flight.

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