TSA Security Checkpoint

Airport Terminal and Airport Gate
Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago, IL, United States

Based on 24 votes

People don't really like this place

  • What you need to know
    "massive security line by using the priority lane on the right."(2 Tips)
    "FYI, you don't have to remove your shoes anymore."(2 Tips)
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  • Jeff W.

    Give yourself a ton of time. I think this may be the worst in USA.

    Jeff Willinger · July 16, 2014
  • @jason_

    FYI, you don't have to remove your shoes anymore. Take a few minutes before you approach the checkpoint to make sure you have your stuff together to speed the process along.

    @jason_ · April 4, 2014
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  • Timothy

    Always Opt Out!

    Timothy · December 13, 2013
  • Cia

    Fly A List on Southwest and you can bypass the massive security line by using the priority lane on the right.

    Cia · October 18, 2013
  • jonas

    Be nice to the TSA Employees. .it's not their fault. There's nothing you can do about it here at the checkpoint. Vote and write your Congressmen.

    jonas · September 20, 2013
  • Lane W.

    Stay to the left in lane 2, line moves faster because lane 1 is reserved for special needs but agents will let part of lane 2 use the line.

    Lane W · August 21, 2013
  • Janine S.

    Use the middle lanes. They sometimes get TWO reps. Whereas the outer lanes always haves share a single person.

    Janine Southard · July 30, 2013
  • Tim M.

    Where you going boo?

    Tim Moore · May 31, 2013
  • Josh V.

    Not going anywhere for awhile? Might want to bring a Snickers with you.

    Josh V · May 15, 2013
  • Jennifer J.

    This is still so much better then LAX....

    Jennifer Jeske · May 5, 2013
  • Andrew D.

    Get here early.......

    Andrew Dunmore · May 3, 2013
  • Matt M.

    Free feel ups.

    Matt M · February 15, 2013
  • Jeff W.

    Get on the A-List and zip through security. Also remember 3-3-1. Remove your shoes and all metal objects.

    Jeff Willinger · January 27, 2013
  • 🔊Eddie Getdown O.

    It's a long line make sure you eat & use the bathroom before you get to this point!

    🔊Eddie Getdown Ortiz🔊 · January 1, 2013
  • Joel W.

    Doggone it, I still like these guys. :-)

    Joel Wasinger · December 25, 2012
  • Ali S.

    Don't be fooled by the metal detectors and think this is an easy Tsa checkpoint. These guys have no idea what they are looking for. They will also always bag check you.

    Ali Sanati · December 19, 2012
  • Nauman N.

    In the morning, arriving before 430am means no lines. For the early birds, getting in that little bit early means a big difference.

    Nauman Noor · December 10, 2012
  • Tiffany D.

    Don't fly on Monday mornings.....ugh!!!!

    Tiffany Davis · September 30, 2012
  • Rod A.

    It's went fast n cool

    Rod A · September 13, 2012
  • jonas

    Pretend your rights aren't being violated

    jonas · August 30, 2012
  • George

    You'll come for the patdown, you'll stay for the cavity search.

    George · August 15, 2012
  • scott c.

    Biggest cluster.....of of airport security I have ever seen. Get with it Chicago. Hope I don't go on a watch list......

    scott chapman · May 8, 2012
  • HudsonsLuxury B.

    Craziest lines ever!!!

  • Drew

    Watch for k Bencak sightings. Super famous but very friendly. Often seen here

    Drew · April 15, 2012
  • Kamal B.

    Give pilots and support staff their own line instead of having them cut through the business select line

    Kamal Bosamia · April 5, 2012
  • Phong N.

    You're corralled passed the ID check now and directed to a checkpoint. Hope you don't get the body scan!

    Phong Nguyen · March 14, 2012
  • Phong N.

    Watch for merging lines! Super slow.

    Phong Nguyen · March 14, 2012
  • Cindy

    TSA here needs to take lessons from ATL. This is ridiculous!!!

    Cindy · March 9, 2012
  • Kevin S.

    Porter folks use priority lanes

    Kevin Suter · March 1, 2012
  • Steve R.

    I second Mike best investment I ever made and as of now no body scanners

    Steve Ruge · February 13, 2012
  • Joe M.

    Give yourself a little extra time!

    Joe Malatia · February 1, 2012
  • Karl H.

    So slow...so very slow.

    Karl Haley · January 11, 2012
  • Mike B.

    The far right line takes you through the rights-violating strip search machine. Stay left to avoid getting strip searched & irradiated.

    Mike Black · November 26, 2011
  • Ron K.

    Preferred boarding security lanes are hard to see when It's packed but just look a little harder. The land will be on either wall

    Ron Kennedy · November 19, 2011
  • Mana I.

    Stay away from the lanes on the right. Family lanes actually move faster.

    Mana Ionescu · October 19, 2011
  • Andrew R.

    arrive early and be ready for loooong lines

    Andrew Rose · June 11, 2011
  • Augusta C.

    This is a terrible place to spend the night. But if you take Southwest, you may have to! The desk clerks are rude, and the rent a cops get off on bullying hapless travelers.

    Augusta Christensen · April 2, 2011
  • Christophe B.

    Keep your ticket and I'd handy

    Christophe Bakunas · June 22, 2010
  • Mike F.

    Use the expert traveler line. People are scared of it.

    Mike Fishman · April 26, 2010

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