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Midway International Airport (MDW) TSA Security Wait Times Information

How early do you need to arrive at Chicago Midway Airport to be in time for your flight? Check out the information on this page, it will help you find the best answer to this question for your flight!

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MDW Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

There is one main security checkpoint that services concourses A, B and C gates for Midway International Airport. After TSA screening, passengers have access to all concourses without exiting and re-entering security. TSA PreCheck is available at the Main Terminal.

MDW TSA Checkpoint Main Terminal

Concourse: A, B, C

Type: All passengers, TSA PreCheck

Hours: Daily, 3:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Pre Check Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Midway Flight Delays

Before you head to the airport, keep yourself informed of MDW delays by checking MDW Arrival Delays, MDW Departure Delays, or use iFly's MDW Flight Tracker. Having knowledge of Midway International Airport delays will help with stress-free travel.


Don’t get stuck in a long MDW airport security line! Midway now features CLEAR expedited security screening in the Main Terminal, which is open for screening and enrollment. 

TSA PreCheck at MDW

MDW TSA Pre lanes can be found at the main terminal security checkpoint. As the TSA operates these special checkpoints, the hours may be different from the terminal operating hours. See the TSA Pre schedule the specific hours for the date and time you are traveling.

MDW 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 MDW flight - while there isn’t an enrollment center located in the Midway International Airport, check out the Enrollment Center Locator, to find the most convenient location for you.

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

About MDW Security Wait Times

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

MDW TSA wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, wait times for Midway MDW 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 MDW. 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 onboard 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.

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Terminal MAIN

Main (4:00 am - 8:30 pm)