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Fargo airport screening fixed, wait times down

FARGO -- Passengers traveling through Hector International Airport earlier this week saw wait times of up to 90 minutes, but the lines are now back to normal.

FARGO -- Passengers traveling through Hector International Airport earlier this week saw wait times of up to 90 minutes, but the lines are now back to normal.

An X-ray machine that screens luggage malfunctioned, but was fixed Thursday, said regional Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.

"All screening is at full capacity," she said at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. "We should see the lines go down significantly."

Thursday morning, wait times were never above 20 minutes, thanks to a partial fix Wednesday, Dankers said.

Hector was also dealing with heavy holiday traffic and inclement weather in Chicago and Minneapolis earlier this week, which caused flight delays and diverted planes to Fargo, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the airport.

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The combination prompted the TSA to advise travelers Tuesday to arrive 2.5 hours before their departures, but that's no longer necessary, Dankers said.

"I would still say people need to arrive early," but just an hour to an hour and a half, she said.

Dobberstein agreed, because of the possibility of winter weather. And this weekend, passenger volumes will rise again as travelers head home.

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