Dallas Fort Worth DFW Airport Security Wait Times

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

Dallas Fort Worth Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    Dallas Airport DFW TSA Security Wait Times Information


    Unlike other larger airports, DFW airport has many security checkpoints, with multiple checkpoints in each terminal. Several of the checkpoints have state-of-the-art, automated systems (A21, D18, D22, D30, and E18) to reduce TSA DFW wait times. And all DFW terminals except B have TSA Pre. 


    DFW features CLEAR expedited security screening. CLEAR lanes can be found at Terminal E, Gate 16 Checkpoint. There’s also a CLEAR enrollment center located at gate E16.  

    In partnership with iFly, CLEAR is offering a 2 month free promotion - it only takes a minute to sign up. 


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

    DFW Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours
    There are a total of 15 separate DFW security lines located in 5 Terminals (A-E). All DFW Terminals except B have TSA Pre Check, and some have CLEAR and Priority access. The open and closing hours for each checkpoint shown below are subject to change: 

    Terminal A
    Gate A12: Daily, 4:30AM to 9:00 PM
    Gate A21: Daily, 4:00 AM to 10:30 PM; TSA Pre Daily, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Gate A35: 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM

    Terminal B
    Gate B9: Daily, 4:30AM to 10:45 PM
    Gate B30: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM

    Terminal C
    Gate C10: Daily, 4:30AM to 9:00 PM
    Gate C20: Daily, 3:00 AM to 10:30 PM; TSA Pre Daily, 4:30 AM to 7:00PM
    Gate C30: Daily, 3:30 AM to 9:00 PM
    Note: DFW airport security wait times in this terminal may be elevated during the weekday hours from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. To avoid long lines at this terminal, it is possible to check in at Terminal A or Terminal D and take the Skylink to your gate.  

    Terminal D
    Gate D18: Daily, 4:15 AM to 10:30 PM
    Gate D22: Daily, 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM; TSA Pre: Hours Vary
    Gate D30: Daily, 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM; TSA Pre Daily, 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    Terminal E
    Gate E8: Daily, 3:45 AM to 8:45 PM
    Gate E16: CLEAR: Daily, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM; TSA Pre: Daily, 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 
    Gate E18: Daily, 3:45 AM to 11:30 PM
    Gate E33: Daily, 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM

    TSA Wait Times DFW

    DFW airport wait times can vary greatly during the day, and of course on busy travel days and holiday periods. You can now check current wait times at DFW, but keep in mind that the DFW wait times shown right now might not be valid when you get to the airport! Note: 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.

    TSA PreCheck at DFW

    TSA Pre Lanes can be found at Checkpoints 2, 3, and 5. Checkpoint 4 is a TSA Pre dedicated lane. 

    Dallas Fort Worth International 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 DFW flight - there’s an enrollment center located before security in Terminal D (adjacent to the D30 checkpoint). It is open M-F, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST.  To enroll, you will need to bring your ID or passport. 

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

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

    DFW TSA security wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, DFW wait times for Dallas Fort Worth DFW 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 DFW TSA 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 DFW. 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.