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Across three security checkpoints this weekend (with PreCheck access at two), my total time spent in line at North American airports was about three minutes. My partner, who doesn’t have PreCheck, waited an aggregate fifteen.
Similar stories repeated across the country this weekend as surprised travelers realized that security checkpoints weren’t as bad as everyone was expecting. In part, that’s due to quick deployment from new TSA assets and support from the major U.S. carriers. But I’m starting to believe that a big part of discrepancy between perceived and actual wait times may simply lie in the frenzy that centered around the initial long lines.
Sure, Chicago, Charlotte, and Seattle have all had their share of egregious lines this past month — and more may still be on the horizon. But for many other travelers, your upcoming security line may be little more than business as usual.
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