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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) TSA Security Wait Times Information

LGA TSA Wait Times

How early do I need to get to LaGuardia Airport to catch my flight? You’ve come to the right place to get the answer! According to a recent Upgraded Points article, the average LGA security wait time is 17 minutes. The best LGA airport security wait times occur on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 10pm-11pm. The worst LGA security lines are at Sunday 5-6pm, where you could wait up to 32 minutes. See below for more information about delays and security checkpoint hours. 

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LGA Airport features CLEAR expedited security screening. Joining CLEAR will save you time and stress in LaGuardia security lines. As an added benefit you can use your CLEAR credentials to get fast access to local sports venues and nearby airports. See below for TSA/CLEAR hours for enrollment and screening. 

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LGA Flight Delays

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

LaGuardia Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

4 Terminals …. At LaGuardia Airport you must use the security checkpoint for your designated airline gate terminal. Terminals C and D are connected by a walkway after security. CLEAR is now available in Terminal C and D.

For up to the minute security checkpoint wait times, go to LGA Airport and select Security Wait Times. In addition, there is an option for Walk Times to Gates.

LGA TSA Terminal A Checkpoint

Concourse: A1-A6

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

LGA TSA Terminal B - Central Terminal Building (CTB)

Concourse A

Gates: A1-A6

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

Concourse B

Gates: B1-B8

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

Concourse C

Gates: 40-59

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

Concourse D

Gates: D8-D10

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

LGA TSA Terminal C East Checkpoint

Gates: C12-C44

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM (PreCheck-eligible 4:30 AM to 7:30 PM)

CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM

LGA TSA Terminal D Checkpoint

Gates: D1-D11

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM

CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM


LGA features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help to reduce the time you spend in LGA LaGuardia Airport security lines. CLEAR counters are located at Terminal C and D - see hours above.

TSA PreCheck at LaGuardia Airport

LGA TSA Pre Lanes can be found in security checkpoints located in Terminals A, B, C and D. 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.

LGA 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 LGA flight - there’s an enrollment center in the LaGuardia Airport at the West end of Terminal B (Baggage claim that services gates in C and D). According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 8:00 AM - 1:00PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Monday-Friday.

TSA PreCheck passengers can enjoy expedited screening at LGA, 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 LGA Security Wait Times

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

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

TSA Pre Check at LGA


Terminal TA

Terminal A Checkpoint

Terminal TB

Concourse B Checkpoint
Concourse C Checkpoint
Concourse D Checkpoint

Terminal TC

East Checkpoint

Terminal TD

Terminal D Checkpoint