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Lines stretch across airport after bomb threat in what might be the busiest travel day since the pandemic
Taken at 10:40 a.m., lines for the TSA checkpoint are backed up. (Claire Partain)

Mayhem at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport started this morning, first with TSA lines wrapping around the check-in counters and then with police investigating a bomb threat, that has since been cleared.


Since before 6 a.m., TSA checkpoint lines stretched across the airport, causing some to miss their flights. ABIA estimates that wait times at security checkpoints to be two to three hours. Wait times on the ABIA website are not up to date, the airport tweeted Friday.

Before 9 a.m., only one checkpoint line was open. A source tells Austonia the other lines were not open due to multiple TSA workers calling out of work for the day. By 11 a.m., all three lines were open.

Additionally, Austin police responded to a bomb threat in the baggage claim area around 10 a.m. after a bomb-sniffing dog picked up a scent on an unattended bag. Operations have since resumed with clearance from police.

The TSA line at 11 a.m. (Claire Partain)


This may be one of the busiest travel days since the pandemic with lines stretching across the airport. ABIA Public Information Officer Bryce Dubee told Austonia it's too early to know if this is the busiest travel day, but it's possible. The record was set this past Monday, with 25,000 passengers—an average day pre-pandemic.

Brandi Horsford travels to Austin twice a year from Pittsburgh, to visit her mom. "This is the busiest I've ever seen it. I think it's because Memorial Day was last weekend," she said.

Brandi Horsford traveled from Pittsburgh to Austin, arriving at a very chaotic airport this morning. (Claire Partain)


During peak wait times, the airport encourages travelers to plan to get there with plenty of time to wait. Peak departure times include:

    • 5-8 a.m.
    • 11 a.m.-1 p.m
    • 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    This story was last updated at 12 p.m.

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