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  • Time to leave
    May 20, 2016
    I'm traveling from MCO TO JFK. I'm asking, what time should I get there? On the news, I heard that MCO airport is one of the worst as it has super long lines. My flight departure is 12;15. I was thinking maby getting there by 9:00 but I'm not so sure I'll be enough time. Suggestions?


    Also, I'm going to have checked luggage.


    I fly out of MCO all the time. Although there are time when the lines do seem excessively long, their security check points flow well. If you plan to be at the gate for boarding 40 minutes prior to departure then you need to be in the parking garage or dropped off at the curb 1.5-2hours prior to flight departure. That leaves plenty of time to get through security and have a leisurely stroll even to the furthest gate with a "pit stop" and a snack along the way. (Assuming you already have your boarding pass. Baggage check is subject to specific airline services. I never check bags so I can't speak to that process.


    I don't have my boarding pass yet. Should I leave earlier? If so does any of the terminals close and open and what time


  • Security
    May 19, 2016
    I am flying out to NC tomorrow. If I have my boarding pass and am not checking a bag. Can I go trough international check point. If so how much time will I save as my flight leaves from concourse A


    by the way I am flying out of ATL where they are saying arrive 3 hrs before your flight for domestic flights.


    Yes, passengers who already have their boarding passes can use the international terminal checkpoint at ATL, even if they are traveling on a domestic flight.


  • Security wait time for International flight
    May 18, 2016
    We will be flying out from IAD to Grand Cayman Island this coming Saturday (May 21st) and we just wonder what is the wait time for the security line for the International flight? Thanks


    Security lines at IAD haven't been as bad as other airports. You should be fine arriving 2 hours before your flight.


  • TSA Wait - Terminal 3
    May 18, 2016
    How long are the wait times at Terminal 3? Need to catch a 8:15 flight. What time should I arrive?


    Get there at 5:15-5:30. That's the worst terminal and worst time of the day.


  • International terminal
    May 18, 2016
    Flying to DC Friday morning. Can't I go through security at international terminal for domestic flight if I'm not checking a bag?


    If you already have your boarding pass, yes, you can.


  • TSA Wait
    May 18, 2016
    CNBC reported live from ORD at 6am this morning and the TSA Precheck line was over an hour long and the regular lines were longer. Why does this site say they're only 10-20 minutes long?


    This site has just a directory of old historical averages. It is not a live tracker. There is no such thing.


  • TSA Pre-Check Station
    May 17, 2016
    Is the TSA pre-check station open at Chicago, O'Hare? I heard it was closed.


    There is a pre-check enrollment center and the pre-check lines in terminals 1, 2, and 3 are open.


  • Flying out of ORD to Ontario California on Thursday
    May 17, 2016
    Any suggestions on what time I should arrive at the airport to get thru TSA and on my american flight? Thank you!


    What time is your flight? People are saying 3 hours if you have to stand in the regular line and I'd say that's pretty accurate.


  • one hour + to get through TSA
    May 16, 2016
    Last Monday (May 9), it took a full 60 minutes to get through security in Terminal 3- American, at 1:30 pm. I made my flight by 2 minutes. There were empty seats in the plane although the flight was fully booked because other passengers didn't get through in time. On my return to O'hare on Wed May 11 at 3:00 PM, those lines were even longer, especially the TSA Pre check line, which looked to be at least an hour wait. It was crazy.


    Yes, most airports are really bad right now.


  • checkin and security time lax terminal B
    May 16, 2016
    taking SBairbus ground xport scheduled to arrive LAX on Sunday 5/29 at 12:45 p.m to depart at 3:30p.m. on flight BA282 from Lax to LHR continuing on BA 560 to FCO.. This gives us 2 hrs. 45 min. I'm concerned with recent news reports at other airports that security can take hours now. However, a check today on your site seemed to indicate todays flight at the same time that security was 10 minutes, which seems very short. We are a family of 4 2 seniors, 2 teens. We have handcarry-on only, no checked luggage. And we are on nonrefundable cheap tickets. Do we have enough time? or do we need to take the earlier bus to arrive 4.5 hours early to lax instead? Is 2 hrs. 45 minutes in advance on BA 282 for international terminal B flight out of lax enough time - given security issues?.


    LAX doesn't see to be as bad as some other airports. 2:45 should be enough time.


    Thank you. Would that still be the case on Sunday of memorial day weekend at the intl terminal at lax?


    I obviously can't guarantee anything.


  • TSA
    May 16, 2016
    Does a Cleveland clinic ID expedite you through security more efficiently?


    No, it does not.


  • Security time
    May 16, 2016
    Flight at 12:20.what time should I arrive 4khqyt


    What airport?


  • Immigration and TSA times
    May 16, 2016
    Arriving at 7:15 (LAN from Chile) and connecting with AA at 10:00 (domestic), non resident alien on tourist visa, - will I make it comfortably? different reservations and checked luggage. Returning flight, domestic AA 8:52 PM arrival and Intl LAN 10:20 PM departure? Different reservations and checked luggage. Thank you!


    Your return flight will be pretty much impossible unless you don't check any bags.


  • Going to town during connecting flight
    May 16, 2016
    We have connecting flight from Rio de Janeiro to Helsinki and stop at Jfk for 11 hrs. Is that ok, since we have Visa waiwer/Esta to go outside and see some NYC?


    Yes, that is fin


  • Getting Through Security Checkpoint
    May 12, 2016
    Correction to time-of-day in previous post - it's 1:30 PM flight, although I expect to be on line much earlier.


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