Atlanta Airport TSA Line Wait To Shorten With Early Project Completion

Atlanta Airport TSA Line Wait To Shorten With Early Project Completion

The early completion of a $66 million project is already making the TSA wait times at Atlanta Airport speed up.

The world’s busiest airport is getting some help.

Hartfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has some happy news for frequent travelers. With the early completion of its $66 million dollar project, notoriously long lines at TSA may be a thing of the past.

The project, primarily the overhaul of all the security screening equipment, commenced in May 2022. While it was set for completion in April 2024, the early finish right in the midst of holiday travel is relieving stressed voyageurs from the headache of long wait lines.

According to FOX 5, the project will feature advancements made to its screening machines, updates to it its analogic CT machines, lighting enhancements, and overall upgrades to its technological and mechanical systems.

“I think that’s great. I’ve heard some not-so-great experiences from friends and family of coming through the main checkpoint,” Ellen Daniel, who was at the airport a day prior to the update, told FOX 5. “Sometimes two-hour waits, missing flights, that kind of thing, and if it’s going to help expedite that, I think it’s a great idea.” 

The newly-renovated TSA checkpoints were available to flyers starting Dec. 14; the airport now can get 600 more passengers through security every hour.

The unexpected news comes as those coming through the Atlanta airport have been told to anticipate long waits of nearly 3 hours due to the heavy amount of travel. Forbes also reports that 115 million Americans are expected to take to the skies this holiday season.

As for Atlanta airport itself, the AAA has estimated that 3.3. million passengers will fly through the city from Dec. 22 to Jan 2. With the airport anticipating a record-breaking number of travelers until early next year, these new security updates could serve as a game-changer for all flying in and out of Atlanta.