If you plan to fly out of Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway airports this summer, you will want to arrive very early.
Both airports are suggesting that travelers arrive at least three hours early to ensure they make it through very crowded security checkpoints.
Before today, the TSA, which is very understaffed, suggested that travelers arrive at least two hours early to ensure they make it through security and catch their flight.
Airport security lines have been growing across the country recently thanks to an influx of passengers, and the TSA has struggled to keep up with the demand.
— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) May 17, 2016
As more Americans return to work and the cost of airfare has continued to fall, more people are choosing to take vacations in 2016 by way of air travel.
In 2013, the TSA had more than 47,000 full-time workers serving 643 million travelers. This year, the agency reported having around 42,500 workers with an increase to 740 million airline travelers.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s office announced Tuesday that O’Hare will soon receive 58 additional TSA officers and four bomb-sniffing dogs. He didn’t say when those new workers would arrive at the very crowded airport.
Check out one YouTube users wait line video from Midway Airport last week.