The Essentials

How Early Should You Get the Airport: Summer 2022 Travel

So how early do you get to the airport these days? Do you go an hour ahead of your flight? How about two hours? That may no longer be enough time.

As most airlines and airports remain overscheduled and understaffed, that situation has changed the time dynamic of when you get to the airport as well as when you might actually fly.


For this summer at least, it’s no longer safe to arrive at the airport two hours before your domestic flight.


With the TSA also being understaffed, that means security lines are longer and slower.


Airlines are also hard pressed to push back on time, and some airlines are even closing the gates 25 minutes before departure time to try to be punctual.


The best advice is to get there three hours ahead, and even if you have a pre-printed boarding pass, don’t just go through security and wait for your flight to be called.


Check in for the flight the minute you get to the airport. Since flights are full, someone perceived as a no-show is replaced quickly with standbys.