By Andrea Flores
DENVER (CBS4) – Long security lines at Denver International Airport are nothing new, but a Transportation Security Administration travel alert is urging passengers to play it safe in the coming days.
The TSA says travelers can expect crowded lines this Sunday through Friday with peak traffic from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. They say projected volume would require 37 security screening lanes. However, the DIA layout is limited to one 30 screening lanes.
“It is definitely less stressful to get here a little earlier and get through the line,” said Kaleb Milnthorp.
But some passengers say getting to the airport early is easier said than done.
“No one wants to get to the airport that early, it’s not the greatest place to hang out,” Larry Gainsburg said.
While the TSA says all security lines will be utilized, they’re preparing for 2,000 to 8,000 additional passengers per day throughout the week.
“It would be nice if they have a line for people that really know what they were doing, and a line for people that need a little more time,” said Lori Hagerman.
The TSA recommends passengers arrive two hours early for domestic flights, and three hours early for international travel.
They also advise the following:
– Follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in a single quart plastic bag placed in a bin for screening.
– Prepare for the checkpoint: Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass ready and remove large electronics including laptops, and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag from carry-on baggage. Avoid over packing carry-on bags. Consider checking bags versus carry-on where feasible.
DIA is also contracting seven additional security agents from June 12 to Aug. 20 to keep lines moving as quickly as possible.