Springfield-Branson National Airport Keeping Eye on TSA Wait Times

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Travelers have been battling longer security screening lines at big hub airports across the nation.

Chicago’s airport is supposed to be getting more than 300 additional TSA officers to help handle the situation.

Springfield’s airport hasn’t had any problems with TSA wait times, but staff say they are keeping an eye on the situation to make sure it stays that way.

Close to 500 passengers didn’t make it onto their flights in Chicago overnight Sunday and Monday because of security screening lines there.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is supposed to get more than 300 extra TSA officers by mid-August, close to 60 of those within the next few weeks.

While there hasn’t been a problem here in Springfield, staff say it’s important to make sure passengers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before a flight is supposed to leave.

“Here at the airport, we are trying to keep an eye on it– making sure the TSA line is as short as possible” said Springfield-Branson National Airport Spokesperson Kent Boyd.  “If we start seeing the lines more than 20 minutes– and see a pattern of that– we will talk to TSA to see if they can do something about it.”

While it’s not clear what exactly the problem is, TSA is working on trying to find solutions.

TSA is trying to encourage people to apply for pre-check, which they say is quicker.  That costs $85 and is good for five years.

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