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  • time before flight
    May 10, 2013
    How long do I need to Be there before my flight if it is scheduled to take off at about 6:30am this morning?


    At large airports, if getting ticket & checking in bags, arrive at terminal 2 hrs before domestic flight, 2.5 hrs before internatinal flight. If you e-checked in and printed boarding pass at home, half an hour less. (6:30am is rush hour time)


  • TSA sstart time
    May 10, 2013
    What time do the TSA gates open at Midway in the morning? in the past for an early flight the lines were holding until they opened.


    I'm not sure but I think at about 4:30 or 5 AM


  • TIME
    Apr 30, 2013
    I'm flying tomorrow April 30th. How much time should I allow to clear security at Terminal 5 for a 2:55 pm international flight? It's that a busy time?


    Depends on the airport, but that's usually before most of the international flights depart, so it shouldn't be that bad. There's nothing unusual going on right now that is making security lines any longer than normal.


  • How long is the wait at security
    Apr 29, 2013
    I'm flying this evening. How much time should I allow to clear security at Terminal A for a 6:30 pm flight?


    Can't predict that precisely. If you're really worried then show up 90 minutes or more before your flight. There's nothing out there right now making security waits any longer than normal.


  • wait times
    Apr 29, 2013
    How are the wait times with sequester today 4/25


    I just posted the same question to BWI Marshall on Twitter. I see you didn't get an answer. How was it?


    The sequester has not affected TSA wait times.


  • if i have a warrent
    Apr 19, 2013
    if i have a warrent will they ck? or know?


    On an international flight, definitely. On a domestic flight it's less clear. Certainly people who have warrants have been picked up at the airport.


  • A quick way thru Ohare Security?
    Apr 16, 2013
    we arriive from Asia at Ohare and connect to a flight to Detroit. Immmigration and customs are quick..but even with two hours between flighst the security at Ohare takes so long we barely make our connecting flight.. I have Global entry security but it does not seem to I missing this lane? or where iis it at? TSA does not seem to know what I'm talking about. Thank you


    At ORD, the new Pre-Check lane is in Terminal 3, Security checkpoint 8, near door 3G (as stated at - TSA should have known.


    There is also TSA Precheck in Terminal one in the main security area near the United Premier Access lane.


  • drivers license
    Mar 23, 2013
    I recently moved and not updated my address on drivers license when i booked the flight used credit card with new address. Wil there be an issue because flight was booked with new address and id shows different address. If I change my address afraid wont get id back for flight because the state i live in issues paper copy and original is mailed to you 2weeks


    There's no need for the addresses to match - the name on your ticket just needs to match the name on your ID.


  • Terminal Access
    Mar 3, 2013
    I have a long layover at the Phoenix Airport. I have passes to the United club in Terminal 2, but I will be flying out of Terminal 4 on Southwest. These terminals are not connected. Will I be able to through security in Terminal 2 even though my ticket is not for an airline in that terminal?


    At PHX, to get from T2 to T4, you must leave the secure area & catch the shuttle bus at the curb - as the Red Carpet Club at T2 is most likely in the secured area, you would have to go there through security check, as well as on your return via shuttle to T4.


    samar13 thanks for repsonding to my post. What I trying to find out is if I will be able to enter T2, since I won't have tickets for an airline in T2.


  • Hotel Room in Santiago Airport
    Feb 26, 2013
    I have a 10 hour stop over in Santiago International Airport and want to hire a room for about 6 hours. I don't want to leave the airport or to go through customs. Does anyone know if this service is offered at this airport?


    Open - one of Holiday Inn's is on Airport. However, whenever you exit a terminal, you will have to go through security check on your return. For more airport information, I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. (Presuming you mean Santiago, Chile (not Spain)


  • Medical Implant
    Feb 15, 2013
    My 77yr old mother has a medical implant to control back pain. What will she need to clear security.


  • ID
    Feb 17, 2013
    I am flying from Indiana to Alaska, with a stop in Minnesota, do I need a passport?


    No, you are a domestic passenger, your driver's license will suffice.


    Alaska is the 49th State, do you need a passport to go to Iowa? I guess as a resident of Alaska it still amazing that in this day and age this type of question ever comes up.


  • check in time
    Feb 13, 2013
    i am disembarking from a cruise on a monday in july in amsterdam. The ship arrives at 7am. My flight is scheduled to leave at 10:50am back to the states. Is this enough time to check in and clear passport control and still make the flight. It is peak season.


    If taking a bus from the Cruise ship to AMS Airport, do figure in at least 1.5 hrs for transfer. Getting to your airline counter and checking in another hour. Going through security check and on to your connecting gate another 40 mins. It may be a good idea to pre-arrange for taxi at cruise ship. For detailed terminal information I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • I.D. Stolen, No Passport
    Feb 8, 2013
    Hi, has anyone successfully gotten through TSA without a driver's license or passport or photo i.d.? I'm vacationing in Fla and was robbed on Day 2, all my ID, credit cards taken. I live in Calif and want to go home! But how can I get thru security? Fort Lauderdale airport. Thank you!


    Hopefully you filled out a police report - if so, obtain a copy and that will be accepted (read that on one of those posts people send)


    Feb 3, 2013
    How do I contact Long Beach Airport and Phoenix International to see if they have found an item that I lost. It is a while 2" plastic binder with work information in it. I was at both airports on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


    If you lost an item at the gate area or onboard your airplane, contact your airline's Lost & Found department. For LBG: If you lost an item anywhere else in the terminal, call (562) 570-2640. For PHX: If you lost an item at the security checkpoint, call TSA at 602-626-1453. 3. If you lost an item in one of the terminals, buses or parking areas, call Sky Harbor's Lost & Found office at 602-273-3333 & leave a message stating your name, tel. number & description of the item and where it was lost. or use the e-mai form at If found, you will get a call. If you lost an item anywhere else in the terminal, call (562) 570-2640.


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