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Some TSA security equipment fails at Twin Cities airport, creating long lines

July 29, 2018

Equipment at three security checkpoints in the Twin Cities airports main terminal is on the fritz, and that has been backing things up for outbound travelers for several hours Sunday.

The problem with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) equipment prompted a tweet about 6:30 a.m. from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Airport officials are urging travelers to arrive at least 2andfrac12; hours before flight departure, as opposed to the typical 2-hour recommendation.

Lines at the south security checkpoint were unusually long soon after the equipment failure, improved a bit but were expected to grow again as more flights hit the departure board, said airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski.

TSA officials have called in personnel to diagnose and fix the problem, but Scovronski said there is no word yet on how long before repairs are completed.

I saw a picture on Twitter, Scovronski said. It doesnt look pretty.

The main terminal has two TSA checkpoints. The south location has six lines, and there the north checkpoint has a capacity for 10.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482

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