Updated: 03/27/2014 10:40 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 10:36 PM WDIO.com
Barry Devine is heading to Phoenix. He's early, but not early enough.
"I'm two hours [early], roughly," he said just before getting in line at a checkpoint. When informed that airport officials recommend travelers show up even earlier, he deadpanned, "I know and it's ridiculous."
In fact, officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport now say travelers should arrive at least 2 1/2 hours early for flights out of terminal one. At less-busy terminal 2, they recommend two hours-even.
"It's absolutely an absurdity that you should have to arrive 2 hours and 30 minutes before a flight,” Devine said. “There's something wrong with the system."
Airport spokesman Pat Hogan doesn't necessarily disagree. He says there are three reasons for the change. First, it's spring break and the airport is seeing 6 percent more passengers this year than last. Second, the airlines condensed more flights into the early morning hours because that's when people want to fly. Finally, Hogan says TSA staffing has gone down because of budget cuts.
"The more we can manage expectations," Hogan explained. "The more we can help make sure that people don't show up and miss their flight because that's the worst thing that can happen."
He also says things are a little worse at MSP than other airports because we've had a long winter and plenty of people are heading south.
The TSA gives a different reason for what they call their "minimal" staffing reductions. They say programs like TSA Pre-Check have made the agency more efficient and therefore they need less staff.
A spokesperson at the Duluth International Airport says getting through security there will only take about seven minutes.
Duluth Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder After Allegedly Killing His Mother
The man who allegedly admitted to killing his 71-year old mother with a knife Tuesday was formally charged with second-degree murder Thursday and will undergo a judge-ordered psychological review before his case goes any further.
All Day, Every Day School for Virginia 4-Year-Olds
Parkview Elementary in Virginia has launched a pilot program for 4-year-olds, which enables them to go to school all day, every day, for free.
Superior Trucking Company Loses a Ton of Weight
Employees at a Superior trucking company have lost a combined total of 2,100 pounds in the last year and a half. They celebrated with a 5K on their newly installed walking path on Thursday.
One Suspect Arrested, One at Large in Last Month's Central Hillside Shooting
Duluth Police have arrested one of two suspects they believe were involved with an August 19 shooting on the Central Hillside.
Preview: Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is opening its new season in a big way with the help of world-renowned piano soloist John Novacek.