By Brooke Rogers | CBS11 News |

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and with it a busy travel season plagued by concerns about long airport lines that could get worse. But travelers at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport are heeding the advice to get to the airport early.

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Fear seems to dictate the way DFW travelers plan their travel day – not of flying, but of missing their flight. “I’m afraid once I get to the TSA line it’s going to be long and take forever,” says Tim Wolf.

They’ve heard the horror stories about security lines that last longer than some flights and many have experienced them.

“In Atlanta you’re in lines now ten deep, and you’re just inching up, inching up, trying to get through security” says Emma Rogers.

DFW and Love Field Airports have not seen lines as long, but they can stretch an hour or more at times. That’s why Rogers arrived at DFW 5 hours before her flight today.

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“I just want to make sure. I would feel better getting over to my gate an hour or two hours ahead of time knowing that I got through all of that and that’s behind me,” she says.

American Airlines reports that 70,000 passengers have missed their flights this year due to long security lines. The airlines blame a reduction in TSA staff; the TSA points to an increase in travelers. Passengers say they’re caught in the middle.

“It’s a lot of time that you waste. And in terms of a dollar an hour, how much you make, you’re wasting a lot of time and not getting paid” says Rogers.

Airport officials advise travelers to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. You can also check live security wait times at or download the My TSA app.

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