MSP Expecting Busiest Day On Record After Super Bowl
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MSP Expecting Busiest Day On Record After Super Bowl

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There has been a lot of buzz in Minneapolis this week with the arrival of the Super Bowl. One of the unintended consequences of the event is the strain it puts on the local airport. Monday, February 5th is expected to be one of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) busiest travel days on record. The airport is suggesting travelers follow the 5-4-3-2-1 game plan which I have outlined below to ensure travelers have a smooth trip.


Navigating Security

  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh has two main TSA-operated security checkpoints on the Ticketing Level. One of these checkpoints is always open at Terminal 1.  Real-time wait estimates are also available for these checkpoints.
  • The Skyway Security Checkpoint on the Skyway Concourse Connector is open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can not use this checkpoint if you plan on checking luggage. 
  • At Terminal 2-Humphrey, two security checkpoints are located on Level 2. At least one of the two checkpoints will be open between 3:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Both checkpoints are closed between 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
  • If you have the CLEAR service, you should have minimal impact from the increased traffic.


Bottom Line

It will be interesting to see how MSP handles the influx in traffic from outbound Super Bowl travelers. I am personally glad I have no travel plans on Monday. If you do, make sure to follow the 5-4-3-2-1 rule.


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