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New O'Hare Bus Lets Flyers Transfer Terminals Without Leaving Security

By Alex Nitkin | June 19, 2017 11:14am | Updated on June 19, 2017 5:16pm
 The service will take passengers arriving from Terminal 3 and drop them past security in Terminal 5.
The service will take passengers arriving from Terminal 3 and drop them past security in Terminal 5.
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CHICAGO — A new bus service launched at O'Hare Airport on Monday aims to save time for travelers catching international connecting flights.

The bus will meet ticketed passengers arriving at Terminal 3 and drop them past the security checkpoint in the airport's International Terminal, saving them a trip through the X-ray machine.

The new service will offer 60 percent of passengers connecting from domestic flights a "more direct path to international flights" taking off from Terminal 5, which is the international terminal, according to the city.

Officials estimate that the bus could shave Terminal 5 security lines by as many as 1,000 passengers every day, which "will in turn shorten security lines and wait times for passengers during peak periods," they said.

The buses will run from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, leaving from gates G17 and K20 in Terminal 3. At the outset, the service will only be offered in "spring, summer and early fall."

O'Hare's international traffic is 7 percent higher in 2017 than it was by this point last year, officials said.