Leaders at Gerald R. Ford International Airport say the wait for passengers to get through security screening will soon be 20 minutes at most after construction to expand a checkpoint area is complete next month.

Currently, during peak boarding times when multiple flights are departing, passengers attempting to get through security lines on busy Concourse A can wait up to 50 minutes, a situation that has recently prompted complaints.

To fix that, today, the board that governs policy at the airport unanimously agreed to spend up to $307,000 to renovate both concourse screening areas. The panel also authorized spending between $20,000 to $29,000 for design services.

"I know it's been frustrating (for passengers), but solutions are coming," said Airport Chairman Joe Tomaselli.

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