The Early Bird Catches the Plane

When you’ve got a plane to catch, it’s important to arrive on time and ready. But it's often hard to tell how long everything is going to take. That’s why we’ve created the suggested check-in requirement times for various locations below. To get a general idea of when you should arrive at the airport, add the helpful check-in times below to the current security wait time. It’s that simple.

Remember, it’s your responsibility to arrive at the airport with enough time to complete all ticketing, baggage check and security clearance procedures to arrive at the gate ready to board. If you don't complete the check-in process by these deadlines, you won't make your flight and change fees may apply. We don’t want that to happen, so keep these times top of mind when planning your airport arrival.

Overall Requirements

Check-in Requirements for Domestic Travel

The recommended arrival time at the airport is 75 minutes prior to departure when traveling within the United States.  You must be checked in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Additionally, you are required to be at the gate and ready to board at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Customers who fail to complete the check-in time limits by these deadlines will not be able to travel on desired flights and change fees may apply.

Earlier check-in times apply for the following cities:
 

Minimum Required Check-in Times Before Departure
 

 

City

Within the U.S. (with baggage)

Within the U.S. (without baggage)

 

Baltimore, MD (BWI)

45 minutes

30 minutes

Atlanta, GA

45 minutes

30 minutes

Cincinnati, OH

30 minutes

30 minutes

Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

45 minutes

30 minutes

Denver, CO

45 minutes

30 minutes

Fort Lauderdale, FL

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

Honolulu, HI

45 minutes

45 minutes

Las Vegas, NV

45 minutes

45 minutes

Los Angeles, CA

45 minutes

30 minutes

Miami, FL

30 minutes

30 minutes

New York, NY (JFK)

60 minutes

45 minutes

New York, NY (LGA)

45 minutes

45 minutes

Newark, NJ (EWR)

45 minutes

30 minutes

Orlando, FL

45 minutes

30 minutes

Philadelphia, PA

45 minutes

30 minutes

Reno, NV

45 minutes

30 minutes

San Juan, PR

45 minutes

30 minutes

St. Croix, VI

60 minutes

45 minutes

Seattle, Washington

40 minutes

30 minutes

St. Thomas, VI

60 minutes

45 minutes

Washington-Dulles (IAD)

45 minutes

30 minutes

Washington-Reagan (DCA)

45 minutes

45 minutes

Syracuse, NY

45 minutes

45 minutes

Delta Shuttle® Check-in Requirement Times

 

City

Minimum Security
Check-in Times
for Passengers with
Carry-on Bags

Minimum Security
Check-in Times for
Passengers with
Checked Bags

Be at the
Boarding Gate

 

Boston, MA

15 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

Chicago, IL
(O'Hare)

30 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

Los Angeles, CA

20 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

New York, NY (LaGuardia)

15 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

San Francisco, CA

20 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

Washington, D.C. (Reagan National)

15 minutes before departure

30 minutes before departure

5 minutes before departure

Security Check-in Requirements for International Travel To/From Non-U.S. Cities

The recommended arrival time at the airport prior to departure of international flights is 3 hours. When traveling to/from a destination outside the United States, you must be checked in at least 60 minutes before your scheduled departure time and it is required that originating passengers be at the gate and ready to board at least 45 minutes before your scheduled departure time. This minimum requirement applies to all customers checking-in, with or without baggage. Customers who fail to complete the check-in procedures by these deadlines will not be able to travel on desired flights and change fees may apply.

Earlier security check-in times apply for the following cities:

 
Security Check-in Requirement Time Exceptions in Non-U.S. Cities

City

Minimum Required Baggage
Security Check-in Time

Be at the Boarding Gate

 

Accra, Ghana (ACC)

3-4 hours before departure—even if not checking bags

2 hours before departure

Athens, Greece (ATH)

3 1/2 hours before departure

60 minutes before departure

Bogota, Colombia (BOG)

2 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

Dakar, Senegal (DKR)

90 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

60 minutes before departure

Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

75 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

60 minutes before departure

Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)

90 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

45 minutes before departure

Istanbul, Turkey (IST)

3 1/2 hours before departure

90 minutes before departure

Lagos, Nigeria (LOS)

75 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

45 minutes before departure

Monrovia, Liberia (ROB)

90 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

45 minutes before departure

Moscow, Russia (SVO)

3 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)

2 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS)

2 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

Regina, Canada (YQR)

2 hours before departure

60 minutes before departure

St. George, Bermuda (BDA)

90 minutes before departure-even if not checking bags

45 minutes before departure

St. Lucia (UVF)

2 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)

3 hours before departure

45 minutes before departure

What You’ll Need

Make sure you have what you need before you arrive at the security gates. The documentation needed can vary depending on your destination, so it’s good to check ahead to make sure you’re good to go.

Within the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
One unexpired form of local or federal government-issued photo ID such as:

  • Passport
  • Driver's License
  • Military ID

For more information about the types of ID accepted at U.S. security checkpoints, visit the Transportation Security Administration.

Outside the U.S.
Traveling abroad? Visit Visa & Passport Information to determine which documents you'll need to enter your destination country.