Will long TSA security lines arrive in time for the Indy 500?

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The long lines at major airports may be getting even longer. More people are flying as we head into the busy summer travel months, while the number of TSA officers remains the same.

The Indianapolis International Airport has escaped a lot of the long TSA lines impacting major airports, but could they arrive here just in time for the Indy500?

Airports in Chicago, Phoenix and Atlanta are all feeling the fury from long TSA lines. Passengers are even missing flights and having to sleep in airports overnight.

The waits are getting worse. O’Hare Airport in Chicago tweeted Tuesday; passengers should be arriving three hours before their flight to give them enough time to make it through the wait.

“There was a bit of a wait when I got to BWI even though I was at the airport at about 8 o’clock in the morning, there was still quite a bit of a line already formed,” said Bradley Bowser, a passenger who flew into Indianapolis Tuesday.

Bowser flew to Indy from Baltimore.

“It is a little concerning because just planning your travel out, it can take a whole day for just a few hour flight and it can really alter your plans and make travel very inconvenient,” he said.

Jackson Coleman flew to Indy from Los Angeles, “You’ve got to be prepared for that long of a wait. I mean I realize that everyone can be more efficient but you just have to be ready for the wait,” he said.

Indy has managed to avoid the waits that are in part caused by not enough TSA officers and a simultaneous increase in passengers.

But with one of the world’s largest sporting events right around the corner in Indianapolis and the busy summer travel season straight ahead, is Indy expecting, or even prepared to deal with long lines?

The airport in a statement Tuesday said they’re ready:

“Indianapolis International Airport is experiencing business as usual today. Our security lines are moving at the average rate, and our security pre-check option is a significant help in moving passengers through security in a timely manner. The airport authority will continue to monitor the situation, and is ready to assist TSA if needed... As general airport staff planning, the IAA has strategically staffed in case they would need to step in and assist TSA.”

As always, arrive with enough time to get through long security lines. That’s an hour for domestic flights and two hours for international flights and be aware, if you’re flying back through an airport like Chicago, be prepared to wait in incredibly long lines.

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