So the other day, a faithful reader sent me an email asking about the text number to use in order to receive information about the wait times for security gates at various airports. I wrote an article a long time ago that explained how to text “WAIT MSP” (or whatever airport code you wanted) to the number 44636. In response, you would receive the actual wait times, in minutes, for each and every security gate at your particular airport. That was cool, helpful, accurate, and useful information to have… so they canceled it. If you try it now, you’ll receive a message that says, “Airport Security Line Wait Times Are No Longer Available.” Now what?
There is an alternative! I haven’t found a way to get this information via a text message yet (if you know of one, please feel free to leave a comment and I will publish it for you), but I found a foolproof way to quickly get this information via a web browser. This is good news for those of you who prefer to avoid Text messaging! Here’s how it works. Take a close look at the URL below and tell me what you see:
Sure, you can click it if you want to, but I want you to take a close look at the URL address itself. Did you see that the state of Minnesota and the Minneapolis St. Paul airport (MSP) are embedded in the URL? What do you suppose would happen if you changed the state= and the airport= parameters to something more familiar to your or to your flight schedule? For example, what if you were flying to Houston’s Hobby airport? You’d want to browse here:
I’ve tried this with two different airports now and the data seems to be solid. The wait times are published from the TSA who gathers the raw data, and they have matched the actual lines I’ve been in (so far). So, give it a try! These days with the new rules in play regarding security, etc, every minute counts.
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