Chicago’s Midway Airport Had a Mile-Long Security Line

Hello! Welcome to back to your normal life. We hope you had a nice holiday, spent time with family, and, of course, traveled safely to and from wherever you spent Thanksgiving.

Oh, and we also hope that you avoided Chicago, America’s home of travel nightmares come true. This year, that nightmare took the form of people standing in a line that stretched from a Midway Airport security checkpoint, out of the door of the terminal, and all the way to a nearby train station. All in all, KOMO reporter Denise Whitaker mapped the line to cover 1.2 miles.

On the one hand, “standing in line at a train station in order to catch a flight at an airport’’ sounds like a premise that would make most people throw their hands up in despair and decide that today is the day they quit the world and spend their remaining days indoors. On the other hand, Midway is apparently prepared to handle more than a mile’s worth of despondent air travelers.


“This happens sometimes,’’ a Chicago Aviation Department spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times. And she must not have been joking because it seems like the airport was fully prepared for this very situation. Midway reportedly got passengers through the checkpoint in a little over an hour and cleared the whole mess up by 9:15 a.m.

“There was a period of time earlier this morning, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., that lines were long because that is when most people are traveling for the holiday period,’’ the same spokesperson said, providing perhaps the most matter-of-fact description of a mile-long security line in the history of security lines.

In the end, it doesn’t sound like many people missed their flights, which begs the question: Does Chicago have the nation’s worst airports, or its best? Share your thoughts (or your own travel nightmares) in the comments below!

Photo courtesy Sarah Crowder (@sarcro)

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