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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport  (ATL) TSA Security Wait Times Information

Being one of the largest capacity airports in the world, ATL has a pretty efficient system for security check in, and several checkpoints to choose from depending on your departure gate. 


ATL features CLEAR expedited security screening. You can find the CLEAR enrollment center at the Domestic Terminal North. You can access CLEAR lanes at the Domestic Terminal South. You can also use CLEAR to get out of the Atlanta airport faster - at the Hertz Rental Car Center “Fast Lane”. You can check out when CLEAR lanes are open at ATL below. 

In partnership with iFly, CLEAR is offering a 2 month free promotion. **NEW**  You can add up to 3 other family members to the 2 month trial (siblings, parents, aunts/uncles, etc.). It only takes a minute to sign up! Learn more about CLEAR Airport Security and how it works. 


Be sure to check ATL Arrival Delays, ATL Departure Delays, or use iFLY’s ATL Flight Tracker.

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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 ATL: 

  • 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.

ATL Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours
ATL is the busiest airport in the world. As this is the case, you would think that the airport would have many security checkpoints and long security lines. The reality is there’s only one checkpoint for international travelers, and on main checkpoint (with 2 sub-checkpoints: North and South). And the good news is most of the checkpoints use “smart lanes” that speed the screening process tremendously. The hours shown below are subject to change: 
ATL Domestic MAIN Checkpoint
Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre
TSA Pre Hours: Daily,  5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

ATL Domestic NORTH Checkpoint
Type: All passengers and TSA Pre
TSA Pre Hours: Daily,  5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

ATL Domestic SOUTH Checkpoint
Type: All passengers
TSA Pre Hours: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
CLEAR (standard security): 4:00 AM to 8:00 PM
CLEAR (w/Pre Check): 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

ATL International Checkpoint
Type:  All passengers and TSA Pre
TSA Pre Hours: Daily,  6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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 Wait Times ATL

Atlanta 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 Hartsfield Jackson Airport, but keep in mind that the ATL wait times shown right now might not be valid when you get to the airport! 

TSA PreCheck at ATL

ATL 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.

ATL 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 ATL flight - there’s an enrollment center located on Concourse A, near Gate A19 for ticketed passengers.  According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Another enrollment center is located before security  in the Terminal South ticketing area, this is open from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday's only. 

TSA PreCheck passengers can enjoy reduced ATL airport wait times, 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 Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Wait Times 
Atlanta Airport TSA wait times shown on this site are approximate and can vary based on several factors including severe weather, TSA staffing, airport construction, etc. 

ATL security wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, Atlanta airport security wait times 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 Hartsfield Jackson security wait times as a helpful 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 ATL. 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 ATL


Terminal FIS

Concourse E Checkpoint

Terminal MAIN

Main Checkpoint

Terminal MHJIT

Concourse F Departure