San Jose Mineta Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

San Jose Mineta Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    San Jose International Airport (SJC) TSA Security Wait Times Information

    SJC TSA Wait Times

    Wondering what SJC airport wait times are at any given time? You’ve come to the right place!  According to a recent SFGate article, at peak times (5AM to 9AM on Sunday, Monday & Friday) the average SJC security wait time is approximately 25-35 minutes.

    CLEAR SJC Expedited Security

    SJC features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help to reduce the time you spend in SJC San Jose International Airport security lines. CLEAR counters are located at all security checkpoints. Hertz Fast Lane powered by CLEAR is also available 24/7.

    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 SJC.

    SJC Flight Delays

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

    San Jose International Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    At San Jose Airport you must use the security checkpoint for your designated airline gate. CLEAR is now available at all security checkpoints at SJC airport.


    TSA Terminal A Checkpoint

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    Hours: Opens Daily, 3:45 AM

    TSA Pre Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM

    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM


    TSA Terminal B Checkpoint

    Type: All passengers and TSA Pre

    Hours: Opens Daily, 4:00 AM

    TSA Pre Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    CLEAR Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM

    CLEAR Enrollment: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM


    TSA PreCheck at San Jose International Airport

    SJC 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.

    SJC 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 SJC flight. While there is no enrollment center in the San Jose International Airport, there is one located about 1 mile away in addition to various pop-up enrollment RVs in Silicon Valley. For specific locations and details, go to Enrollment Center Locator and search for SJC.

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

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

    SJC TSA wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, wait times for San Jose International 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 SJC. 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.