Austin airport TSA security wait times 2 hours long Friday morning, frustrating travelers

TSA wait times at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

TSA security wait times were approximately 2 hours long at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on June 4, 2021. (Courtesy: Fareeda Ali Bullert)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is sending out a warning to travelers to get to the airport extra early due to lengthy wait times at TSA checkpoints. Lines were approximately two hours long during the airport’s peak morning rush.

ABIA officials say during peak times from 5-8 a.m. and from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., travelers should get to the airport three hours early. During non-peak departures, they recommend people still getting there at least 2.5 hours early.

Only two of the three TSA checkpoints are currently open. Checkpoints 1 and 2 are open, but checkpoint 3 is closed.

On top of that, the airport’s wait time page is not currently working, so travelers who rely on that could mistakenly get wrong information.

Airport spokesperson Bryce Dubee said going forward Fridays will be the busiest days at the airport since they’ve resumed normal operations. He also said during the summer the airport will open the third security checkpoint to help keep wait times down.

Some travelers expressed their frustration on Twitter.

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