La Guardia Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

La Guardia Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    LaGuardia Airport (LGA) TSA Security Wait Times Information

    LGA TSA Wait Times

    How early do I need to get to LaGuardia Airport to catch my flight? You’ve come to the right place to get the answer! According to a recent Upgraded Points article, the average LGA security wait time is 17 minutes. The best LGA airport security wait times occur on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 10pm-11pm. The worst LGA security lines are at Sunday 5-6pm, where you could wait up to 32 minutes.

    CLEAR is at LGA!

    LGA features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help to reduce the time you spend in LGA LaGuardia Airport security lines. CLEAR counters are located at Terminal C and D.

    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 LGA.

    LGA Flight Delays

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

    LaGuardia Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    4 Terminals …. At LaGuardia Airport you must use the security checkpoint for your designated airline gate terminal. Terminals C and D are connected by a walkway after security. CLEAR is now available in Terminal C and D.

    For up to the minute security checkpoint wait times, go to LGA Airport and select Security Wait Times. In addition, there is an option for Walk Times to Gates.


    LGA TSA Terminal A Checkpoint

    Concourse: A1-A6

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre


    LGA TSA Terminal B - Central Terminal Building (CTB)

    Concourse A

    Gates: A1-A6

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    Concourse B

    Gates: B1-B8

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    Concourse C

    Gates: 40-59

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    Concourse D

    Gates: D8-D10

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre


    LGA TSA Terminal C East Checkpoint

    Gates: C12-C44

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM (PreCheck-eligible 4:30 AM to 7:30 PM)

    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM


    LGA TSA Terminal D Checkpoint

    Gates: D1-D11

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM

    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM


    TSA PreCheck at LaGuardia Airport

    LGA TSA Pre Lanes can be found in security checkpoints located in Terminals A, B, C and D. 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.

    LGA 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 LGA flight - there’s an enrollment center in the LaGuardia Airport at the West end of Terminal B (Baggage claim that services gates in C and D). According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 8:00 AM - 1:00PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Monday-Friday.

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

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

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