Chicago Airport Lines Stretch More Than a Mile

1.8K flights delayed across country
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Chicago Airport Lines Stretch More Than a Mile
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)

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. (More Chicago stories.)

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