TSA closes BWI Marshall checkpoint after calls



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Travelers who left BWI Marshall Airport on Saturday may have had to wait longer than normal after the Transportation Security Administration closed a checkpoint "due to excessive claims".

WASHINGTON – Travelers leaving BWI Marshall Airport on Saturday may have had a longer than normal wait time after the Transportation Security Administration closed a checkpoint "due to excessive claims."

.@TSA in collaboration with the airport authorities and service airlines will be exercising a contingency plan in @BWI_Airport Due to excessive claims. Control point A will close at 5:35 pm. Pbadengers must arrive early for night flights. Contact the airport and airlines for updates

– TSA (@TSA) January 19, 2019

Take note of this change with respect to our security checkpoints. #MDOTnews pic.twitter.com/NoaclwhIpu

– BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) January 20, 2019

The TSA said it experienced a national average of 7 percent of unscheduled absences on Friday compared to 3 percent a year ago on the same date. The employees reported that they could not go to work due to financial constraints, the TSA said in a statement.

The national average waiting time (30 minutes for standard lanes and 10 minutes for TSA Precheck) was within normal limits, but several airports "experienced longer than normal waiting times" on Friday.

In Atlanta, travelers in standard lanes waited a maximum of 38 minutes, 32 minutes in Denver and 35 minutes in Newark, New Jersey. At the airports in the D.C. area, the maximum waiting times for pbadengers in the standard lanes were 23 minutes at BWI Marshall, 19 minutes at Reagan National Airport and 17 minutes at Dulles International Airport.

On Friday, federal officials sent additional security inspection personnel to reinforce the checkpoint in Newark, The Associated Press reported. The TSA predicts that it will screen more than 8 million pbadengers between Friday and Monday, 10.8 percent more than last year's MLK weekend.

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