Washington Dulles IAD Airport Security Wait Times

Washington Dulles Airport Checkpoint Wait Times

Washington Dulles Airport

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Approximate security wait times for at each TSA checkpoint.

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    Dulles International Airport (IAD) TSA Security Wait Times Information

    Dulles TSA Wait Times

    Wondering what the wait times are at Dulles Airport? You’ve come to the right place! According to a recent Upgraded Points article, the average IAD security wait time is approximately 10.5 minutes. The best IAD airport security wait times occur on Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday from 10pm-11pm. The worst IAD security lines are at Friday 9pm-10pm, where you could wait up to 28 minutes.

    CLEAR Expedited Security is at Dulles!

    IAD features CLEAR expedited security screening which, if you participate, can help to reduce the time you spend in IAD Dulles International Airport security lines. CLEAR counters are located at all security checkpoints.

    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 IAD.

    IAD Flight Delays

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

    Dulles International Airport Security Checkpoints - Location and Hours

    At Dulles International Airport, there are 3 security checkpoints East, West and TSA PreCheck. Passengers may use any of the security lines, as the are situated centrally in the Main Terminal. The TSA PreCheck is located between East and West security checkpoints. CLEAR is now available at all security checkpoints at IAD airport.


    IAD TSA Terminal East Checkpoint

    Type: All passengers

    Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 9:45 PM

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

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


    IAD TSA Terminal PreCheck Only Checkpoint

    Type: TSA Pre only

    TSA Pre Hours: Daily, 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM


    IAD TSA Terminal West Checkpoint

    Type: All passengers

    Hours: Daily, 3:45 AM to 9:00 PM

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

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


    TSA PreCheck at Dulles International Airport

    IAD TSA Pre Lanes can be found between the East and West 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.

    IAD 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 IAD flight - there are 2 enrollment centers in the Dulles International Airport in the terminal near Departures - Ticketing/Check-in Level (outside West Security Checkpoint & East Security Checkpoint). According to the TSA, the enrollment center is open from 8:00 AM - 9:30AM and 9:45AM - 11:00AM and 12:00PM - 2:00PM and 2:15PM-4:00PM Monday-Friday.

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

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

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