Travelers miss flights due to long, long lines at Nashville airport

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of people called into our News 2 newsroom Wednesday afternoon after they missed their flights due to long security lines.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said they saw 4,000 more travelers than they do on a typical Wednesday, and it didn’t have the staff to handle the abrupt increase.

Vicki Webster missed her flight after waiting in the security line for nearly three hours.

“It’s unimaginable what I’ve seen here today,” she said.

She wasn’t alone in her frustration and disbelief.

“I’m about to miss my second flight of the day,” said traveler Claire Maldonado. “Someone described the security line like a Dr. Suess line; it never ended.”

TSA spokesman Mark Howell said the Nashville International Airport normally sees about 14,000 travelers on a typical Wednesday.

This Wednesday, there were 18,000 travelers, mostly due to spring breakers and several conventions that were in town.

What’s more, Howell said TSA lines were weighed down by travelers who tried to go through security with prohibited items.

“Each time someone tries to go through security with over-sized fluids, pocket knives, scissors it can increase wait times up to three times longer,” said Howell.

TSA says because Spring Break is every week in March, it’s asking passengers to be at the airport 2.5 hours ahead of their flight time in order to get through security.

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