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Charlotte Douglas International Airport CLT - TSA Security Wait Times Information

CLT Security Overview - 5th Shortest Wait Times!

Ranked among the top 10 busiest US airports, there are 6 security checkpoints that service all gates. According to the Travel Market Report, average TSA Wait times at CLT are 13.2 minutes. The busiest times for Charlotte airport security are from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM when the wait can be 29 minutes. The shortest wait times are between 4AM and 5AM on Wednesdays, where you may only experience a 2 minute wait. It is best to check with your air carrier for recommended check in and airport arrival times for your flight.


Before you head to the airport, be sure to check CLT Arrival Delays, CLT Departure Delays, or use iFly’s CLT Flight Tracker.

CLT Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

There is 1 MAIN terminal at CLT that operates 6 security checkpoints to access all airline gates. For expedited access, checkpoints B and D offer TSA PreCheck. Here’s the thing: Because all the checkpoints get you to the same gates, if you see that the checkpoint closest to your gate is crowded, visit a different checkpoint! See hours of operation for each checkpoint below:

TSA Checkpoint A

Type: All passengers (no PreCheck access)

Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:15 PM

TSA Checkpoint B

Type: All passengers and TSA PreCheck

Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:15 PM

TSA Checkpoint C

Type: Priority/Preferred passengers, Flex Lanes, Employees

Hours: Daily, 5:00 AM to 9:15 PM

TSA Checkpoint D

Type: All Passengers and PreCheck

Hours: Daily, 5:15 AM to 9:30 PM

TSA Checkpoint E

Type: All Passengers (PreCheck only open as needed)

Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:45 PM

CLT Security Wait Times

You can check estimated CLT wait times, including TSA PreCheck wait times, on their Security Page. Note that the times shown are approximate, as the length CLT security lines can go from just a few people to hundreds of people in a short period of time.

TSA PreCheck at CLT

Charlotte Airport TSA PreCheck Lanes are located at Checkpoints B and D.

CLT TSA wait times can be cut down considerably if you participate in the TSA Pre program. You can even sign up for TSA PreCheck before your next CLT flight - there’s an enrollment center for ticketed passengers only beyond security checkpoint on Level 2 - Central Atrium/Food Court area. The enrollment center is open from 8:30AM to 3:30PM Monday-Friday. To enroll, you will need to bring your ID or passport.

TSA PreCheck passengers can enjoy expedited screening at CLT, and in most cases you don’t have to remove your: shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. For more information and to enroll, visit the TSA website.

About CLT Airport Security Wait Times

Security wait times at CLT Airport are approximate and can vary based on several factors including severe weather, TSA staffing, airport construction, etc.

CLT TSA security wait time forecasts displayed on this site are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, wait times for CLT Airport are projected, that barring extreme outliers, are within five minutes in accuracy, as validated by large US airlines. The TSA urges all travelers to arrive at the airport well in advance of scheduled flight departures and has provided security checkpoint wait time information as a guide to assist in travel planning. Please be sure to check with your airline for ticket counter wait times as well as possible changes to flight schedules, as these and other factors influence your decision regarding how early to arrive at CLT. Please be aware that each airline has a recommended arrival time and even stricter required arrival times.

All airlines require that you arrive at the check-in counter, the flight's departure gate and even on board and in your assigned seat a prescribed amount of time before the flight's scheduled departure time. The amount of the advance arrival time required varies depending on the airline you are using. Most airlines' conditions of carriage state that with many of their tickets, failure to arrive at the check-in counter, the flight's departure gate and your assigned seat a prescribed amount of time before the flight's scheduled departure time may cause you to be denied boarding and cause you to forfeit any refund or other compensation due for the unused ticket even if you have advance seat assignments and advance boarding passes.

TSA Pre Check at CLT


Terminal MAIN

B Checkpoint
D Checkpoint
E Checkpoint