Midway isn't Chicago's busiest airport (that would be O'Hare), but on Sunday, it probably felt like it. The Sunday at the end of the four-day Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and the TSA security line that greeted air passengers yesterday morning was reportedly 1.2 miles long, snaking from the security gate down the hall, out the door, all the way to the subway station, and back inside the airport. This is what that looks like in grainy stop-motion, from Paige Southard and the Chicago Sun-Times:
Some passengers missed their flights, but the TSA apparently moved the line through with impressive speed, all things considered:
The airport authorities were philosophical about the ridiculously long line. "This happens sometimes," Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride told the Chicago Sun-Times. The lines were long for a two-hour period on Sunday morning "because that is when most people are traveling for the holiday period."