- Make sure you’re going to the correct airport. Airports may be identified by their code (IAD for Dulles International or DCA for Reagan National).
- Get there early. It's better to be early than to miss your flight. We offer travelers gourmet eats, massages, wine tastings, a range of shopping options, live performances and more to keep you entertained.
- Worried about navigating the airport? Airline and airport websites and mobile apps offer great resources for managing travel and staying informed. Download the DC Airports app and familiarize yourself with it in advance.
- Reach out to @AskTSA for answers and guidance on what you can and can’t pack. Wondering what you can and can't take through security? Download the My TSA mobile app and type in your questions.
- We feature local flavors and those must-try locales. For a last-chance opportunity to taste a bit of the D.C. region. Ben’s Chili Bowl serves the same half-smokes to passengers that have made it a cultural U Street institution for generations.
- Picking someone up at the airport? Consider meeting them on the ticketing level during peak arrival times when the arrivals roadway is most congested. We also off free parking in garages up to 60 minutes.
- Traveling with a disability or family member with a disability? Tell the airline in advance (airlines manage wheelchair assistance), call TSA Cares three days before your trip for assistance (855.787.2227) and notify your airline that you’d like to pre-board when checking in and upon arrival at your gate.
- Run into issues while traveling? Reach out to your airline on Twitter. Travelers Aid desks also provide a great resource when things don’t go as planned.
- Construction at the airport. Project Journey is a multi-year effort to transform the passenger experience through the construction of two new security checkpoints and a new 14-gate concourse replacing bus operations from Gate 35X. Learn more about construction impacts and ways to best navigate potential congestion here.
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