How Early Should I Arrive at the Airport for a Domestic Flight?

Most airlines recommend passengers check in for their flights 60 to 90 minutes before departure. Allow additional time for parking, getting to the terminal and waiting in line for check-in and security.

Allow for Additional Time

Holidays and Mondays are the busiest times in airports. Expect and allow additional time for traffic, parking and long lines at check-in and security check points. Some airports will not check baggage less than 45 minutes before departure.

Bottom Line

Expect delays and arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before departure. Get there earlier if parking in a remote lot, travelling during busy times or checking baggage.

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Julie McMurchie has been writing family-related articles since 1990. Her work has appeared in "The Pony Express" and "California Kids Magazine." She studied composition and creative writing at Riverside Community College.