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Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) TSA Security Wait Times Information

Detroit is considered a medium sized airport, and although it is a connection hub for airlines like Delta, there's a fair amount of passengers originating from here. So you should plan accordingly and use the information below to have the best strategy for being at the airport on time. 

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DET Airport features CLEAR expedited security screening. Joining CLEAR will save you time and stress in Detroit security lines. As an added benefit you can use your CLEAR credentials to get fast access to Comerica Park. See below for TSA/CLEAR hours for enrollment and screening. 

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Helpful Tips & Resources

iFly.com can help you get to, through, and between airports around the world. Here are some things you may need to know that can help you on your journey specific to DTW: 

  • Once you get through security, pull up the interactive terminal map to navigate to your gate, and see all the restaurant and shopping options along the way.
  • Remember that a great low-cost alternative to parking within the airport  facility is to use on off-airport parking lot.  They offer lower costs, a bit further away from the terminals. Reserve here.
  • If you have some time before your flight's departure, be sure to grab a bite, peruse the shops, or jump on the free wifi and get caught up on those emails.
  • Lose something while in the terminal area?  Find the contact info you need for lost & found here.
  • If your flight is arriving to the airport from another city and need a quick way to get to your destination, give a call to one of these taxi or limo service providers.

DTW Flight Delays

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

Detroit Metropolitan Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

At Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport, there are two terminals - the McNamara Terminal and the North Terminal. Passengers must use the security checkpoint for your designated airline terminal gate. CLEAR is now available at all security checkpoints at DTW airport.

DTW TSA McNamara Terminal

Concourse: A, B, C

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

TSA Pre Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM

CLEAR Hours & Enrollment: Daily, 4:15 AM to 9:15 PM (Standard security)

CLEAR Hours & Enrollment: Daily, 4:15 AM to 8:15 PM (PreCheck eligible)

DTW TSA North Terminal

Concourse: D

Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

TSA Pre Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM

CLEAR Hours & Enrollment: Daily, 4:15 AM to 7:30 PM (Standard security)

CLEAR Hours & Enrollment: Daily, 4:15 AM to 8:15 PM (PreCheck eligible)


DTW features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help to reduce the time you spend in DTW Detroit Metropolitan Airport security lines. CLEAR counters are located in both the North and McNamara Terminals. For Comerica Park, your CLEAR credentials can be used at Gate B. 

TSA PreCheck at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

DTW TSA Pre Lanes can be found in security checkpoints located 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.

DTW 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 DTW flight - there’s an enrollment center in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in McNamara Terminal Baggage Claim office near Carousel 9. According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 7:30 AM-11:30AM and 12:30PM-4:00PM Monday-Friday.

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

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

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



Red 1 Checkpoint
Red 2 (4:30 am - 9:30 pm)

Terminal NORTH

Blue 1 Checkpoint
Blue 2 (4:30 am – 7 pm)