New 9-Lane Security Checkpoint Now Open At BWI Marshall Airport

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Getting through security at BWI is now easier!

Christie Ileto explains next time you fly, you may not be waiting in long security lines.

Follow the signs and you’ll see the newest, largest security checkpoint at BWI. Tuesday, nine lanes opened for passengers near Concourse C, giving access to 40 gates in three concourses.

“As you can see, there’s no traffic through it all,” said Chuck Barkley.

“They have a new checkpoint that is much better to get through,” said Thomas Gates.

“It’s much more efficient in terms of TSA and their resources. It’s much larger, so there’s a lot more room to spread out,” said Paul Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport.

Before, the Concourse C checkpoint was smaller and lines were much longer.

“It was more confusion and more congestion,” said Barkley.

Along with a new security checkpoint, the airport is also putting in new moving walkways that will connect Concourses A, B and C. That way, if you’re in Concourse A, you won’t have to go out of security and then go back through security to get to Concourse C.

“So you don’t have to go through security twice,” said Wiedefeld.

This is just the first phase of a $100 million project that will improve services for passengers, including 8,500 square feet of new food and retail concessions in Concourse C.

“If they’re going to keep this up, it’s going to look more and more attractive flying out of here,” said Kristin Dunaway.

And while BWI grows, passengers say they’ll keep coming back.

Completion of the entire project is expected this summer.

The project is being funded by airport revenue.

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