During a news conference at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on April 3, 2024, TSA officers display prohibited carry-on items that can cause security checkpoint delays. (WTTW News)

Get to the airport early and do your research ahead of time about what you can pack, TSA officials said.

Pack a book because those long, soul-crushing lines at O’Hare and Midway airports aren’t going away any time soon. We look at what this means for the future of the TSA.

Public officials are blasting the Transportation Security Administration as security lines at Chicago's airports – and airports around the country – have swelled to two- and three-hour wait times. What accounts for the spike, and what happens as the summer travel season approaches?