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Long lines expected for OIA travelers on Memorial Day


This Memorial Day weekend, Orlando International Airport is expected to be one of the busiest airports in the nation with more than 600,000 travelers.
 
Air travel during the summer months is expected to draw record-breaking crowds, with 220 million expected to fly.

Officials say the security line problem with the Transportation Security Administration won't ease until at least mid-June.
 
Orlando International Airport expects more than 118,000 passengers Friday alone, with growing numbers on Saturday and Sunday. Holiday travelers are expected through the end of the month.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson talked about the increased volume at airports on "CBS This Morning."
 
"We've seen record numbers of air travelers and that has led to longer than expected wait times at some of the nation's busiest airports, at certain times of the day," Johnson said.
 
Orlando International Airport has employed ambassador staff members to help passengers check bags for prohibited items and liquids before entering security.
 
Several people waiting at the airport tell News 6 they showed up early after hearing the news about missed flights and security line nightmares at airports across the country.
 
"We were just glad that we were getting to the airport early," said Latasha Griffin, who was traveling from Indianapolis.


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