Winter means slower airport security lines

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 21:39:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City International Airport is in the middle of its busy season, and extra winter gear means security lines are longer and slower.

On average, 16,000 passengers go through security lines every day. During busy days, that number jumps up to 20,000.

Utah's busy season - between Christmas and the end of March - coincides with winter, so there will be things like skis and avalanche bags which can cause problems in security lines.

Vera Adams, federal security director in Utah, says that all those extra layers people wear in the winter, from winter coats to snow boots, take some time to remove and put back on at security checkpoints, slowing things down even more.

For travelers confused about what things are permitted as a carry-on or what are allowed only in checked baggage, TSA has created an app called "my TSA" that lets you type in certain items to see what you can and can't bring.

TSA recommends arriving at the airport two hours before departure, especially in the winter when security lines are slower.