Way back when, I wrote about changes made to Dulles' security screening. It is very sad to report that those changes are still in place. The closed security screening areas are still closed.
Luckily, all of my recent flights have been at off-time and I'm an "Premium Passenger" and so my waits haven't been that long -- although, I have had to wait 15 to 20 minutes several times while in the past, I had never waited more than like 5 minutes in the Premium Passenger lines.
There have been some changes at the airport in the recent few months:
- The people movers for the C concourse are now right behind the new security areas(you no longer need to walk down to the behind the closed security gates to catch the shuttles at the old location). Look for them to the right after you get through security.
- The path to/from the people movers for the B concourse has changed, especially the return trip as it no longer requires you to go up and down, but instead allows a level trip back straight to baggage claim.
- United has reversed the order of the check-in counters so that 1st class, Global Services and 1K is now the closest counter to the security lines.
Of course much of the airport is still the same. The C concourse people movers still go all the way around the B concourse since they are still working on the train station at the cut-through they used to use (the path is a bit shorter now that the people movers start on the right side of the main terminal). The moving sidewalks on the way to/from daily garage 1 are still as flaky as ever (I don't remember the last time I used the tunnel and there wasn't at least one of the sidewalks out of commission).