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Never fear, frequent flyer: AUS has returned to normal
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 by Jo Clifton
The lines of passengers that snaked through the entire length of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport terminal, outside the building and back again early Monday morning dissipated by around 8:30 a.m., according to AUS spokeswoman Sam Haynes. She explained that the lengthy lines at TSA were indicative of the fact that the federal screeners processed more than 8,000 passengers before 8 a.m. on Monday. A typical day brings about 6,000 passengers over that same time period. As for the abandoned rental cars, Haynes said they were back in the appropriate place “by about 8:30 and that’s when the lines for TSA cleared up … and operations have been normal ever since.” Visitors flocked to Austin for numerous events this past weekend, including the EchoPark Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club and the Texas Relays track and field competition at UT Austin. Numerous other events, warm weather and sunshine also helped draw people here. So that problem was resolved Monday morning, but as more airlines add more flights to and from Austin, early morning flyers may see long lines again.
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