Chicago Airport Lines Stretch More Than a Mile

1.8K flights delayed across country
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 30, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Travelers wait in line to check in at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport on Friday. Today, lines reportedly stretched more than a mile.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – If you're reading this while you wait in line at Chicago's Midway Airport, we wish you the best of luck. Lines at security have reportedly reached more than a mile long today, Gawker reports. According to one tweet: "The line for TSA at Midway airport leaves the terminal, goes to city train stop, turns around and goes back in"; a flier confirmed as much to the Chicago Sun-Times. Another tweet notes that some people have started paying each other for better spots.

A Chicago aviation official says things were bad between 6 am and 8 am, but things had cleared up by 9:15. And despite the post-Thanksgiving line length, the same passenger tells the Sun-Times that "the TSA people were helpful and the line moved very fast." Travel troubles weren't limited to lines: By mid-afternoon, some 1,800 flights had been delayed today across the US, CNN reports, with 150 canceled.

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