Not long ago, I wrote about the new hotel opening that was attached to MSP, Minneapolis-Saint Paul. IHG was going for the top with their Intercontinental brand and the prices seemed right. One of the features of this new hotel was a direct TSA checkpoint for all the hotel visitors to use.
The New “Secret” TSA Checkpoint At Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport
The beautiful part is that this new TSA checkpoint is not just for hotel customers! According to this report by Fox9, they confirmed that it is available for anyone – as long as they know where to enter for it! This TSA checkpoint is apparently seeing very little traffic and this can be a huge deal for the many travelers that have found checkpoints at MSP to be overloaded in the past.
How to Use the New “Secret” TSA Checkpoint at MSP
To access this “secret” TSA checkpoint, you simply need to enter from the entrance entrance. The skyway that bridges the hotel to the terminal (which, by the way, cost $23 million!) is located on the 3rd floor next to the day spa. This checkpoint will allow you to enter Terminal 1.
This TSA checkpoint is only open between 5am and 7pm. It is a single lane checkpoint which is most likely not a Precheck line. 🙂 But, with it appearing to be such a lightly used checkpoint, it may not be important to not be a Precheck line.
So, if you are going to be flying out of MSP, you should be able to get through the TSA area a lot quicker by using this new TSA checkpoint. It will likely not stay secret for long so take advantage of it while you can!
As noted by Ted in the comments below, there could be an even more convenient checkpoint. Check out what he says about location above the rental desks.