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Hartsfield-Jackson airport looking to minimize wait times for Memorial Day Weekend

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Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are making efforts to keep lines moving over the Memorial Day Holiday.

The TSA projects it will screen 88,127 people on Thursday, 91,552 people on Friday and 85,568 people on Monday.

To help cut down on wait times, security checkpoints will open earlier.

“Our checkpoints are open on North and South from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” said May Leftridge Byrd, TSA Federal Security Director. “Of course, the main checkpoint is a 24/7 checkpoint.”

More canine units will be used to screen passengers, bringing the total number of them to 13.

“We will have here in Atlanta four more canine teams as compared to last year,” Byrd said.

According to the TSA, the canines act as a modified version of pre-check, meaning if used, passengers may not have to take off their shoes or remove certain items from their bags when going through security.

Right now the airport is undergoing renovations, which can slow down traffic. But this holiday weekend there are plans to halt most of the construction. Passengers can also help keep screening lines short by leaving banned items at home.

“I have to say, a primary concern in Atlanta is the number of guns our officers continue to detect during checkpoint screening,” Byrd said.

The TSA has already confiscated 100 guns at Hartsfield-Jackson this year, including three on Monday that were loaded.

“We will make every effort to keep lines at a minimum and our passenger screen time probably around 20 minutes or less,” said airport General Manager Roosevelt Council Jr.

Airport officials still encourage passengers to be in the airport two hours before domestic travel and three hours before flying internationally.

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