MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WEAU) -- Super Bowl 52 is over, and now thousands of NFL fans are swarming the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.
Monday, February 5th, is expected to be its busiest day ever.
The airport has been preparing for the day for the last 14 months.
Last year, a group of MSP leaders traveled to Houston to observe the operations at George Bush Intercontinental airport the day after Super Bowl 51. They quickly realized Houston's airport has a more expansive airfield and terminals. MSP is much smaller, with the same number of passengers rushing through it today.
Phil Burke, director of MSP airport operations says right now, it's all hands on deck. He said, "We're looking probably at about 60,000 originating passengers, and our busiest ever was at about 47,500.
So, this is historically high."
All MSP employees have a vacation blackout enforced through Tuesday. The TSA is fully staffed at all check points, with lots of volunteers at the ticket lobby. Burke says if travelers can move through security safely and sufficiently and get to their flight on time, he'll consider the day a win.