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Denver airport expects traffic changes this weekend after Christmas

Of the 25,000 travelers scheduled to depart on Thursday, many were able to breeze right through security. The longest wait time recorded as 12 minutes as of 2 p.m.
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DENVER — Security lines were shorter and foot traffic inside Denver International was slow on Thursday and Friday, but officials say that will change this weekend. 

This year was different because travelers are wearing masks, and some have face shields or plastic gloves. But Dec. 24 and 25 are historically low traffic days, said Emily Williams, a spokesperson for DIA.

Of the 25,000 travelers scheduled to depart on Thursday, many were able to breeze right through security. The longest wait time recorded as 12 minutes as of 2 p.m., Williams said

These wait times align with average times recorded by DIA officials since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Colorado in March. 

But as the weekend arrives, Williams is warning that those lines could grow by nearly double.

"This coming Sunday and Jan. 3 are projected to be very busy days here as were expecting close to 40,000 passengers," Williams said.

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