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TSA Security Checkpoint

Airport Terminal and Airport Gate
Midway Airport, Chicago
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  • Cia
    "massive security line by using the priority lane on the right."(2 Tips)
    @jason_
    "FYI, you don't have to remove your shoes anymore."(2 Tips)
    Lane W.
    "... because lane 1 is reserved for special needs but agents will let part..."(2 Tips)
    Kamal B.
    "pilots and support staff"(2 Tips)
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  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    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.
  • Lane W.
    Lane WAugust 21, 2013
    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.
  • Janine S.
    Janine SouthardJuly 30, 2013
    Use the middle lanes. They sometimes get TWO reps. Whereas the outer lanes always haves share a single person.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get on the A-List and zip through security. Also remember 3-3-1. Remove your shoes and all metal objects.
  • Ali S.
    Ali SanatiDecember 19, 2012
    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.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    In the morning, arriving before 430am means no lines. For the early birds, getting in that little bit early means a big difference.
  • Kamal B.
    Kamal BosamiaApril 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Give pilots and support staff their own line instead of having them cut through the business select line
  • Cia
    CiaOctober 18, 2013
    Fly A List on Southwest and you can bypass the massive security line by using the priority lane on the right.
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  • Steve R.
    Steve RugeFebruary 13, 2012
    I second Mike best investment I ever made and as of now no body scanners
  • Drew
    DrewApril 15, 2012
    Watch for k Bencak sightings. Super famous but very friendly. Often seen here
  • jonas
    jonasSeptember 20, 2013
    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.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BlackNovember 26, 2011
    The far right line takes you through the rights-violating strip search machine. Stay left to avoid getting strip searched & irradiated.
  • 🔊Eddie Getdown O.
    It's a long line make sure you eat & use the bathroom before you get to this point!
  • George
    GeorgeAugust 15, 2012
    You'll come for the patdown, you'll stay for the cavity search.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You're corralled passed the ID check now and directed to a checkpoint. Hope you don't get the body scan!
  • Helen B.
    Helen BoscoSeptember 26
    One of these days getting through the security checkpoint will be a simple, smooth process again :/
  • Mana I.
    Mana IonescuOctober 19, 2011
    Stay away from the lanes on the right. Family lanes actually move faster.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DunmoreMay 3, 2013
    Get here early.......
  • Ron K.
    Ron KennedyNovember 19, 2011
    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
  • scott c.
    scott chapmanMay 8, 2012
    Biggest cluster.....of of airport security I have ever seen. Get with it Chicago. Hope I don't go on a watch list......
  • Joel W.
    Joel WasingerDecember 25, 2012
    Doggone it, I still like these guys. :-)
  • jonas
    jonasAugust 30, 2012
    Pretend your rights aren't being violated
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JeskeMay 5, 2013
    This is still so much better then LAX....
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerJuly 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Give yourself a ton of time. I think this may be the worst in USA.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MalatiaFebruary 1, 2012
    Give yourself a little extra time!
  • Augusta C.
    Augusta ChristensenApril 2, 2011
    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.
  • Timothy
    TimothyDecember 13, 2013
    Always Opt Out!
  • Rod A.
    Rod ASeptember 13, 2012
    It's went fast n cool
  • Cindy
    CindyMarch 9, 2012
    TSA here needs to take lessons from ATL. This is ridiculous!!!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SuterMarch 1, 2012
    Porter folks use priority lanes
  • Josh V.
    Josh VMay 15, 2013
    Not going anywhere for awhile? Might want to bring a Snickers with you.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch for merging lines! Super slow.
  • HudsonsLuxury B.
    Craziest lines ever!!!
  • Tim M.
    Tim MooreMay 31, 2013
    Where you going boo?
  • Tiffany D.
    Tiffany DavisSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't fly on Monday mornings.....ugh!!!!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoseJune 11, 2011
    arrive early and be ready for loooong lines
  • Mike F.
    Mike FishmanApril 26, 2010
    Use the expert traveler line. People are scared of it.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Free feel ups.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartJanuary 11, 2012
    So slow...so very slow.
  • Christophe B.
    Christophe BakunasJune 22, 2010
    Keep your ticket and I'd handy
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