Hartsfield-Jackson south security checkpoint to close temporarily

The south security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will close temporarily beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. to install new automated screening equipment expected to help address the problem of long wait times at TSA checkpoints.

The work is expected to take about three weeks, according to a written statement from the Transportation Security Administration. During the closure, TSA will open additional lanes at other checkpoints.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been working to address long wait times at checkpoints. During busy periods of the day, the wait times can be close to an hour long, with lines at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal stretching through the atrium and sometimes into baggage claim.

In addition to the new security lane system, Delta has also offered staffing to help supplement the TSA for clearing queues.

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