Security at DFW Airport
|DFW conveniently offers multiple security checkpoints in each terminal, giving travelers ease and allowing more time to shop, eat and prepare for departure. |
Automated screening lanes are available at A21, D22, D30 and E18 checkpoints. TSA PreCheck™ is also available Terminals A, C, D and E.
Security Wait Times
***Wait Time Tips***
|Refresh this page to ensure you are viewing the latest wait time information. Checkpoints that are showing gray may be closed or wait time data is not available to show. There are physical digital signs displaying wait times at each checkpoint. Hours of operation are located below. |
We encourage you to arrive early and allow enough travel time to get through security.
Download DFW's mobile app on iOS or Android to also view real time security wait times, flight statuses, parking, mobile ordering and more.
Hours of Operation
|All times in Central Standard Time (CST)|
A12 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM (closed)
A21 4:00 AM - 10:30 PM
A21 TSA Pre✓™ -* 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
A35 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM (closed)
B9 4:30 AM - 10:45 PM (closed)
B30 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Terminal C - TSA Checkpoints at Terminal C experience increased wait times during weekday hours of 6 to 8 a.m. Travelers may check in at Terminal A or D and ride Skylink to their gate.
C10 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM (closed)
C20 TSA Pre✓™* 4:30 AM - 7:00 PM
C20 3:00 AM - 10:30 PM
C30 3:30 AM - 9:00 PM (closed)
D18 4:15 AM - 10:30 PM (closed)
D22 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
D22 TSA Pre✓™* Operational Hours Vary
D30 4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
D30 TSA Pre✓™*
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
E8 3:45 AM - 8:45 PM
E16 CLEAR* 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM (closed)
E16 TSA Pre✓™* 4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
E18 3:45 AM - 11:30 PM
E33 4:00 AM - 9:00 PM (closed)
*Hours may be subject to change. TSA Pre✓™ lanes are subject to change without notice and could close earlier or later depending on traffic. DFW advises travelers to arrive early and plan ahead for times listed above.
TSA PreCheck™ Enrollment
|The TSA PreCheck™ Enrollment Center is located on the pre-secure area of Terminal D next to the Gate D30 checkpoint. Open Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm CST.|
|Find an Enrollment Center|
|Now Available at Terminal E. CLEAR is the fastest and most predictable way to get through airport security. Being a CLEAR member means you can breeze right past the long lines and go straight to screening. Stop by the enrollment center located at E16 security checkpoint for more information. |
Known Crew Members (KCM) Lanes
|KCM ties airline employee databases together in a seamless way and enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of crew members. To view KCM security checkpoint lanes at DFW, please visit the Known Crewmember website. |
|KCM Checkpoints at DFW|
Automated Screening Lanes
|Automated Screening Lanes are available at checkpoints A21, D18, D22, D30 and E18. The new state-of-the-art system enhances security effectiveness while efficiently moving customers through the screening process. |
Acceptable Checkpoint Identification
Driver's licenses and passports are the preferred identification at security checkpoints. TSA has a list of all acceptable forms of identification.
What to know before you go: Read the TSA’s list of permitted and prohibited items.
Traveling with Children
The TSA is required to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint. Read these tips on how to make this process go more smoothly. Security officers will approach children gently and treat them with respect. If a child becomes uncomfortable or upset, security officers will consult parents about the best way to relieve the child's concern.
Travelers With Disabilities and Medical Conditions
TSA has established a program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids and devices.
|Acceptable Identification |
Special Procedures for Travelers
(Children, Disabilities, and Medical Conditions)