Raleigh-Durham Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

Raleigh-Durham Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    Raleigh-DurhamInternational Airport (RDU) TSA Security Wait Times Information

    Raleigh-DurhamTSA Wait Times

    How early do I need to arrive at Raleigh Airport? According to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport website, most passengers will not wait more than 30 minutes in security lines. However, peak times waits could exceed 30 minutes.

    RDU Flight Delays

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

    RDU Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    There are 2 Terminals at RDU each with multiple security lanes. TSA PreCheck is available at all terminal security checkpoints. See hours below:


    RDU TSA Checkpoint Terminal 1

    Gates: A

    Type: All passengers and TSA PreCheck

    TSA PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    RDU TSA Checkpoint Terminal 2

    Gates: C, D

    Type: All passengers and TSA PreCheck

    TSA PreCheck Hours: Daily, 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM


    TSA PreCheck at RDU

    RDU TSA Pre lanes can be found at Terminal 1 and 2. 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.

    RDU 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 RDU flight - there’s an enrollment center in the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Terminal 2, lower level, Room 1593 near baggage claim #5. According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 8:00AM to NOON and 1:00PM to 5:00PM from Monday - Friday. Saturday 9:00AM-1:00PM and 1:30PM-3:30PM.

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

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

    RDU TSA wait time forecasts are made leveraging flight volume data and TSA staffing models. Using advanced data science, wait times for Raleigh-Durham RDU 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 RDU. 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.