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Reagan National Airport opens new security checkpoints – NBC4 Washington

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Travelers should expect big changes at Reagan National Airport now that new security checkpoints are open.

A brand new space designed to give more space and fluidity to terminals B and C opened its doors on Tuesday at 4 a.m.

Travelers may want to give themselves a few extra minutes to get to security, said Adam Tuss, a reporter at News4 Transportation.

“You kind of have to zigzag to get down here,” Tuss said.

Security gates remain at level two. The door numbers and security procedures at Terminal A, where Southwest flights are located, are the same.

Travelers can follow signs for gates 10 to 59 from the drop-off area, parking lots or the metro. Here is more information.

If you enter through the disembarkation deck at the top, you will go through the sliding glass doors, onto the upper ticket office level to get your boarding pass or drop off your luggage.

To get to the security gates, you will turn to descend on new escalators that will bring you into the new TSA control area. From there, go through security, then walk until you pass through a tunnel.

If you are going to the airport from the metro or one of the car parks, you will be able to connect directly to the checkpoints if you do not have to drop your luggage.


Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority

News4 has learned that the airport is planning to open brand new security checkpoints in time for the holiday rush.

A major change is that the Great Hall, which includes Ben’s Chili Bowl and Legal Sea Foods, is now located behind the security checkpoint.

A frequent traveler told Tuss the change was surprising.

He said: “I came here and I was like, ‘I have no idea what airport I am in!'”

Reagan National made the changes due to the growth – the airport is used by millions more people each year than it was originally designed.

Scott Thomas Johnson, TSA’s federal director of security for Reagan, said the changes will now also allow TSA to work around the clock at the airport. They used to close between around midnight and 4 a.m.

“We used to shut the night here at DCA, and if you remember you would see the crowds building up, so if we obviously have big crowds, we can open all the checkpoints here at once.” Johnson said. “Or if we only have a few in the queue, we can close it.”

TSA says it has a full staff at the airport to handle the crowds during the holidays.

New retail and restaurant options are expected also.

A render shows the exterior of a new structure at the national airport that will house expanded security checkpoints.


Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority

News4 has learned that the airport is planning to open brand new security checkpoints in about a month, in time for the holiday rush.

Airport officials said the new checkpoints would create a “fluid and fluid environment” between Terminals B and C (gates 10-45) and new hall with 14 doors (Gates 46-59), which replaced Reagan’s famous Gate 35X earlier this year.


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