How to fly stress free Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 6:43 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 06:52:18-04

In recent weeks, the TSA has been hit with harsh criticism over long lines at airport security checkpoints. Help is on the way in the form of beefed up staffing, but that won't help the millions set to travel for Memorial Day weekend.

This weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. At Tampa International Airport, flights were on time early Thursday morning, but it's those security lines that have passengers concerned.

The Transportation Security Administration said this week that travelers can expect longer than normal wait times at security. Just this week at Chicago's Midway airport, the security line wrapped around the building.

"I think as long as we're getting here early and we know ahead of time what to bring, what not to bring, I actually looked up things I wanted to bring to make sure it's ok. So, I don't expect any issues," said Tampa traveler Dallas Ruffin.

The TSA is sending new screeners to the nations busiest airports to deal with staffing concerns, however that won't come until halfway through June. Travelers told ABC Action News they're hoping for a pain-free travel weekend.

"We'll be able to get on our flight. Everything will be fine. Tampa's better than a lot of other airports," said Jennifer Jeffers.

Over the next few weeks, nearly 800 additional TSA screeners will brought onboard to deal with shortfalls.

In the meantime, one flyer has a bit of advice to help you through the process.

"Follow the instructions from the airlines and get here early. And they're recommending an hour and a half to three hours early for your flight, just to get through security! So I recommend that," said Steven Cook.

Also, make sure to pack your patience. There will be more than two million people across the country hitting the nation's airports Friday alone.