Spring Break Travelers Making Tracks to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport


As Upper Midwest travelers dig out from record amounts of snow and seek out sunny destinations, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is gearing up for increased passenger volumes.

Spring break-related travel is starting to pick up at MSP, with higher-than-average volumes expected this week and the week of March 17. Several days throughout the month will see increased numbers of travelers.

The spring break rush is an exciting time at MSP, and were working with our partners in the airport community to help make travelers airport experience seamless and enjoyable, said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates the airport. Additional staff will be on hand in ticketing areas and at the security checkpoints to direct travelers and speed processing.

For travelers who dont fly often, below are a few reminders about security screening:

  • Many families are expected to travel over the next several weeks. To help speed security screening, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows children 12 and under to leave their shoes, light jackets and headwear on.
  • All passengers must remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bag and place them in a bin for inspection. Please arrive at the airport two hours prior to a domestic flights departure and two-and-a-half hours prior for international flights.
  • Spring break travelers often have oversized and odd-sized checked baggage. Passengers traveling with skis, snowboards, golf clubs or any other large or specialized item, should add up to a half hour extra to account for the checked baggage screening process.

If youre unsure about anything having to do with security screening, the TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all.

Travelers can use the Can I Bring? feature on the TSA mobile app, myTSA, or visit this web page. Travelers can also contact the TSA via Twitter at @AskTSA if they have a travel question or are unsure if an item is allowed through security in a carry-on bag.

Just snap a picture or send a question and get real-time assistance weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST and weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

For information to help you prepare for your airport visit, search Navigate MSP in the Android or Apple app stores, and download the mobile app.

If you plan to park at the airport, youll find all the information you need on the airports parking web page, including parking availability.

New for you at MSP

As MSP continues to enhance its food and retail offerings, travelers will notice a number of new dining options at Terminal 1.

Parents with children may want to seek out fast and familiar restaurants. A new food court opened recently on Concourse F featuring Wendys, Panda Express and Chick-fil-A in addition to Peoples Organic.

Many MSP restaurants have childrens menus, including the new Blue Door Pub on Concourse A and Stone Arch on the Airport Mall, where a new Starbucks coffee shop is now open.

Travelers can visit the Eat, Shop, Relax section of MSPs website to learn about other dining opportunities.

MSP is also happy to introduce travelers to two new dining apps that will bring convenience to your trip.

The AtYourGate app allows users to place an order from a participating airport restaurant and have it delivered right to their gate or other listed locations.

The Grab app saves users time by allowing them to pre-order/pre-pay for food from participating restaurants, walk up to the location, and walk away with their order without standing in line.

Both apps are available for Apple and Android devices.

About Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates an airport system that includes Minneapolis-St Paul International and six general aviation airports. One of the nations largest airport systems, the MAC generates more than $16.7 billion annually for the local economy and supports more than 90,000 jobs in the region. The MACs airports connect the region to the world and showcase Minnesotas extraordinary culture to the nearly 40 million passengers from around the globe who arrive or depart through MSP each year. Though a public corporation of the state of Minnesota, the organization is not funded by income or property taxes. Instead, it is funded by rents and fees generated by users of its airports. For more information, visit www.metroairports.org.

John Welbes
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