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Flying out of Fargo? Plan for delays at security for most of July

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 2:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 5:00 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Long lines and delays are two things travelers flying out of Fargo can expect throughout most of July, starting right after the holiday weekend.

Officials say three new ‘state-of-the-art’ 3D scanners will be installed July 5 through the 22nd in an effort to increase safety for both passengers and staff.

“This presents a much more intense image for our transportation security officers of the carry-on bags that are going through. They can rotate and stretch and just see what’s in the bags a lot better,” Jessica Mayle with TSA Public Affairs said.

The new scanners also mean travelers will no longer have to take out electronics before sending your bag down the conveyer belt, and also means fewer physical bag checks by TSA.

“Which I think passengers will appreciate,” Mayle said.

However, before things get better, they have to get worse. Officials say while crews are installing the new scanners, travelers should arrive to the airport at least two hours early.

“As we’re putting these new machines in, there’s going to be less room for passengers in our existing lanes that we have. Delays are possible especially at busy times,” she said.

Mayle urges passengers to have patience and pay attention to TSA instructions when going through security the next few weeks, and says to make it easier on yourself by packing smart so you don’t risk getting stopped in an already slow line.

“We don’t want anyone to miss their flight because of this,” she said.

Mayle says crews are working hard to make sure the project is completed on the 22nd, and says once the install is done wait times will go back to normal, unless otherwise stated by airport crews.

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