Expect to see more construction at Charlotte's airport this year, though authorities say travelers won't have to endure the headaches that were caused by similar projects this summer.
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport will install a full-body scanner in concourse C. An airport spokeswoman didn't have a detailed timetable, but said the installation would be finished by the end of this year.
In July, checkpoint A was shut down for expansion and installation of a new full-body scanner. At times, the other checkpoints were overwhelmed, leaving hundreds of travelers inching their way through security.
Checkpoint C will stay open while crews install the new full-body scanner this year, officials say.
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The summertime congestion was a product of growing pains at the airport compounded by new Transportation Security Administration regulations.
Airport spokeswoman Haley Gentry said that in June, the airport handled 690 daily departures - its highest volume ever, and a 10 percent increase over the year before.
"Then you have, in the midst of this, the TSA, which is bringing in new equipment, changing their processes. That's an ever-changing element. It's a tough balance."
To keep up, the airport is also growing, Gentry said: A fifth checkpoint that will extend the east end of the terminal is coming by spring 2012.