Changes coming to MSP security checkpoints

Updated: August 19, 2019 05:38 AM

If you're flying out of the Twin Cities anytime soon you'll notice some changes when you go through security.


On average 35,000 people go through the security checkpoint at Terminal One every day.

Starting Monday, passengers without precheck will only have one TSA checkpoint to use at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's (MSP) main terminal. If you don't have TSA Precheck or Clear precheck, you have to use the North Security Checkpoint.

"It sounds like it's going to slow things up," said Sue Dudding, who lives in Kimball.

"If issues arise, they can adjust on the fly, but we think it'll go smoothly," said John Welbes, an MSP spokesperson.

Welbes said the change will be in place for several months for remodeling work at the south checkpoint.

"Many new amenities, many new qualities to make the place more efficient," Welbes said.

Those with Precheck will go through security on the south end of terminal one. According to airport staff, about 40 percent of passengers have Precheck, and they're confident this will provide balance, and not delays.

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Once they're at the checkpoints, they should have the same experience," Welbes said.

'I've had TSA Pre for about 5 years now and I think it's fantastic," said David Straus, who lives in Las Vegas.

Straus knows the advantages of having something like TSA or Clear Precheck to help him skip the long lines.

"It just makes travel real smooth like the old days," Straus said.

Signs and extra staff will be on hand to guide people to the right line, but for folks like Dudding, she's already considering one of those premium security options.

"I'm going on a trip again in November, so I might have to check into this Precheck," Dudding said.

This change is expected to last until the middle of December.

If you are interested in checking out one of the precheck options, you can find the TSA PreCheck here or Clear precheck here.

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