Baltimore Washington BWI Airport Security Wait Times

Baltimore Washington Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

Baltimore Washington Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    Baltimore Airport BWI TSA Security Wait Times

    Wondering what the BWI airport wait times are at any given time?  The shortest security wait times occur on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11pm.  The worst BWI TSA wait time is on Monday from 2-3pm, where you could wait up to 35 minutes. 

    CLEAR BWI Expedited Security

    Baltimore airport features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help reduce the time you spend in BWI security lines. CLEAR counters are located at ALL security checkpoints A, B, C, D/E. 

    In partnership with iFly, CLEAR is offering a 2 month free promotion - it only takes a minute to sign up. See hours below for CLEAR enrollment locations and hours at BWI. 

    BWI Flight Delays

    Before you head to the airport, keep yourself informed of BWI delays by checking BWI Arrival Delays, BWI Departure Delays, or use iFly's BWI Flight Tracker. Having knowledge of Baltimore Airport delays will help with stress-free travel. Arrive at least 2 hours before your scheduled domestic departure, and 3 hours before your international departure. Remember to arrive early and, if necessary, allow yourself enough time to park your car at the airport.

    BWI Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    There are a total of 4 security checkpoints at BWI airport.  Concourse checkpoints A, B and C can be used by any passenger wishing to access gates located in Concourse A, B or C.  Passengers who require access to Concourse D/E must use the D/E checkpoint only. The TSA PreCheck line opens based on operational need at each Baltimore airport security checkpoint.  CLEAR is now available at security checkpoints A, B, C and D/E. See details listed below.

    BWI TSA Checkpoint A 
    Concourses: A, B and C 
    Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre*
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 8:00 PM
    CLEAR Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 7:30 PM
    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:00 AM to 7:30 PM

    BWI TSA Checkpoint B
    Concourses: A, B and C
    Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre*
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 9:45 PM
    CLEAR Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    BWI TSA Checkpoint C 
    Concourses: A, B and C
    Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre*
    Hours: Daily, 3:45 AM and closes at the time of the day’s last departure
    CLEAR Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    BWI TSA Checkpoint D/E
    Concourses: D and E
    Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre*
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 9:00 PM
    CLEAR Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    *TSA PreCheck line opens based on operational need.

    TSA PreCheck at BWI

    BWI TSA Pre Lanes can be found at all security checkpoints. 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. 

    BWI 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 BWI flight - there’s an enrollment center in the Baltimore Airport, between Concourse D and the International Terminal (Concourse E). According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM from Monday - Friday. 

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

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

    BWI TSA wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, wait times for Baltimore/Washington BWI 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 BWI airport. 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.