TSA Shuffle: How DIA Security Lines Will Change This Week

TSA Shuffle: How DIA Security Lines Will Change This Week

TSA plans to change the types of security checkpoints available at three Denver International Airport checkpoints this week as both try to reduce waiting times during peak periods.

Starting Tuesday, two new rules of thumb apply:

  • Most travelers in need of common security checkpoints will be served at TSA checkpoints at the southern end of the terminal at level 5 and at the level 6 bridge to Concourse A.
  • Travelers with TSA Precheck membership or airline premium status should head to the north checkpoint at Terminal Level 5. It will become the default option for TSA pre-screening with “multiple” dedicated lanes, according to the TSA.

According to a TSA press release, the changes come after TSA and DIA officials conducted a “comprehensive checkpoint inspection.” In recent months, during peak security screening times – especially on Sundays and Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings – there have been long waiting times for general screening, with airlines advising passengers to arrive three hours before departure. Often there was only one pre-check lane available.

Airport and TSA officials hope to standardize options at each checkpoint as they come with limited bandwidth and more tourists than usual. TSA says the changes will provide more consistent options, although they may make adjustments in response to travel forecasts.

The northern checkpoint, which lost four of the 12 security checkpoints during construction, will now accept most of the fast track options. It will also have a “limited number” of general security checkpoints, as well as one new option for casual travelers: the “Travel-Lite” lane serving passengers with one small carry-on luggage such as a backpack, briefcase or wallet (rollerbags do not fit) …

Access for participants who have passed the clean check will continue to be available at both the South and North checkpoints.

As the DIA terminal redevelopment project moves into the next phase, building walls in the middle of the terminal will collapse over the next two weeks, which should facilitate access to all security checkpoints.

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