Chicago OHare Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

Chicago OHare Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) TSA Security Wait Time Information

    O’Hare Airport Security Wait Times

    Wondering what the TSA ohare wait times are at any given time?  According to a recent USAToday article, the average o’hare airport security wait times are around 15 minutes. The best Chicago ohare TSA wait times occur on Saturday 10-11pm. The worst Chicago TSA wait times are on Tuesday from 4-5pm, where you could wait up to 33 minutes. Plan ahead to avoid ohare security lines by using TSA Chicago information listed below.

    Chicago O’Hare Flight Delays

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

    New! CLEAR Now Available at Chicago O’Hare 

    Don’t get stuck in a long ORD airport security line! Chcago now features CLEAR expedited security screening in Terminal 1, which is open for screening and enrollment.  In partnership with iFly, CLEAR is offering a 2 month free promotion - it only takes a minute to sign up. 

    ORD Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    There are 4 Terminals and 10 security checkpoints at ORD. Terminals 1-3 serve mainly Domestic ticketed passengers and connect to each other.  Terminals 1, 2 and 3 each have designated PreCheck locations, see below. Terminal 5 serves International passengers and is not connected to the Terminals 1-3. Consult your Airline to see which Terminal is most efficient for you to use as this is a very large airport. Security checkpoint hours are subject to change based on airport activity. See details listed below.
    Terminal 1

    CLEAR (TSA Pre Check)
    Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 8:00 PM (also includes enrollment)

    CLEAR (Standard Security)
    Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 8:00 PM (also includes enrollment)

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 1 
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:15 AM to 11:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: None

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 2
    Type:  All passengers and PreCheck
    Hours: Daily,  4:15 AM to 7:45 PM
    PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:30 PM

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 3 
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 8:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: None

    Terminal 2
    ORD TSA Checkpoint 5
    Type:  All passengers and PreCheck
    Hours: Daily,  3:30 AM to 8:30 PM
    PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:15 AM to 7:00 PM

    Terminal 3
    ORD TSA Checkpoint 6
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 8:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: None

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 7
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:15 AM to 9:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: None

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 7A
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:15 AM to 11:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:15 AM to 7:30 PM

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 8
    Type:  All passengers and PreCheck
    Hours: Daily,  4:00 AM to 8:30 PM
    PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:15 AM to 8:30 PM

    ORD TSA Checkpoint 9 
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  3:45 AM to 8:00 PM
    PreCheck Hours: None

    Terminal 5 (International)
    ORD TSA Checkpoint 10
    Type:  All passengers
    Hours: Daily,  24 hours
    PreCheck Hours: None

    TSA PreCheck at Chicago O’Hare

    ORD TSA Pre Lanes can be found at one security checkpoint in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. 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.

    Ohare security 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 ORD flight - there’s an Enrollment Center in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport at Terminal 1 Baggage Claim (near Door 1G).  According to the TSA, the Enrollment Center is open from 7:30AM to 11:30AM and 12:00PM to 4:00PM from Monday - Friday.

    TSA PreCheck passengers can enjoy expedited screening at TSA ORD, 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


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does ORD have CLEAR?

    Yes, as of November 2019, Clear expedited security is available in Terminal 1 of Chicago O'Hare airport. See above for hours of operation for standard and Pre-Check passengers.


    About ORD Security Wait Times 

    O’hare airport security wait times are approximate and can vary based on several factors including severe weather, TSA staffing, airport construction, etc.

    ORD TSA wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, TSA wait times ORD are projected, that barring extreme outliers, are within five minutes in accuracy, as validated by large US airlines. The TSA o hare 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 ORD. 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.