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BWI adding extra security lane to speed traffic until new checkpoint opens later this year

BWI Airport's longest security line is getting shorter just in time for the Fourth of July.

A temporary, additional passenger lane was added this week to the Concourse D checkpoint, making it six lanes. The move will reduce wait times for passengers flying out of Concourses D, officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Transportation Security Administration said.

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It's a hold-over measure until a new $105 million concourse reconstruction project, called the D/E Connector Program, is finished later this year. When that happens, the D checkpoint will close, and a bigger D/E checkpoint with eight lanes will open for both international and domestic passengers.

The D Checkpoint is the airport's oldest, smallest and least efficient, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman. Waits at the airport's four other security checkpoints average less than 15 minutes.

"From a customer service perspective, the preexisting configuration was not sufficient," Dean said. "The new lane will help, and the new checkpoint that we're currently building will offer an even better level of service for travelers."

TSA screens between 26,000 and 34,000 passengers per day at BWI, depending on the day and time of year.

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