Denver airport: Expect delays at security as summer travel crowds grow

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DENVER -- The summer travel season is underway and Denver International Airport says it won’t be able to handle the extra traffic without delays at security.

Passenger projections through Friday show the Transportation Security Adminstrations would need to open 37 security lanes to keep pace, but the airport has a maximum of 30.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early, but the airport and airlines are also pitching in to keep lines moving.

If you’re short on time, make sure to check bags or pack light. The TSA has created a few Travel Lite Express Lanes, which allow passengers with one carry-on or fewer get through faster.

“It works out great for me because I only take one bag every time I’m on the airplane,” said Masud Bahramand, who took advantage of the express lane on Wednesday. “I don’t have to wait in a long line.”

For those stuck waiting?

“You’ve gotta take a breath and realize it’s a big world and realize there’s a lot of people trying to work together,” said Rita Klement, who is flying with her family to California.

And remember, it could be worse somewhere else.

“It’s a little more pleasant than Seattle was, that’s for sure,” said David Martin, who flew into Denver on Wednesday. "You have people up there who are like, ‘I don’t know how to tie my shoes. I didn’t know I wasn't supposed to bring a weapon on board.' That type of thing is what really unnerves people.”