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  • 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.


  • Getting Through Security
    May 12, 2016
    The news reports about delays getting through security are frightening, especially since an airline isn't going to delay its flights. I'm leaving Sunday morning from Terminal B on a flight to Israel. Is there a website or telephone number to find out how long the wait time is at the security checkpoint(s)? How long a wait is "typical" for an international flight on a Sunday at that time?


  • Security
    May 12, 2016
    My Flight is on Friday at 6am. What time does security open?


    4-4:30 AM.


  • Terminal 5 TSA Wait
    May 8, 2016
    90 minute wait and counting at TSA Terminal 5. Stand still. Airlines keep cutting.


    Do you mean the airlines are cutting people in line? Because unfortunately, airlines have no say in TSA staffing levels.


    May 7, 2016
    Hi, I will go to Switzerland with my son via Zurich airport the next week from Spain. We are spanish. Do we need carry oblilgatory the passport or is valid with our National ID card? Thanks


    You can travel between Schengen member states such as Switzerland with just your National ID card.


  • Customs
    May 6, 2016
    Flying through Miami from Italy on way to home in north Florida. Arrive Mia at 4:00 pm. Depart for Tallahassee, Florida at 9:30. Am I allowed to leave the airport and come back in time for my last leg to home in Tallahassee?


    Yes, you can. After you clear customs and re-check your bags you will be outside security. Just keep in mind that it will be rush hour at that time so traffic outside the airport will be almost at gridlock.


  • TSA times
    May 5, 2016
    How long are waits in TSA lines?


  • Can I get thru security without plane ticket?
    May 5, 2016
    I am wondering if I can go thru security with just my ID if I am not getting on a flight? I am just going to surprise someone at their terminal when they exit their plane and I'm wondering if I can get thru security to do so.


    No, you can't.


  • TSA Time
    May 4, 2016
    Flying out of IAD to London on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. What should I expect for time to get through TSA?


    Probably 15-30 minutes. That is peak time at IAD, but also the Washington DC airports have some of the best TSA staffing in the country. Still be at the airport at least 90 minutes early.


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