Baltimore-Washington Airport Info to Make Travel Easier

Baltimore-Washington Airport Info to Make Traveling Easier

BWI is one of the easier major city airports to deal with: It’s small, with about a third of the passengers large regional hubs; it’s easy to get to from multiple major cities; and it’s easier to navigate than Reagan National. Even so, some tips always make air travel easier.

Popular Travel Times:

  • Busiest times and days to travel: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In general, early mornings (6:00-8:00 AM) are busiest.


Busiest Times: Weekdays 7:00-9:00 AM, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Security Tips and Checkpoint Wait Times

  • TSA screening times vary, depending day of the week and time of day. Always allow at least 20 minutes for security, but you can do a same-day check of screening line times at:
  • BWI is open 24 hours, but TSA security checkpoints are open from 3:45 AM (Concourse D) to 11:30 PM (Concourses A, B and C). Concourse E closing times will vary due to military departures.
  • Make TSA screening easier on everyone:
    • Have your boarding pass and ID in hand when you get to the front of the line.
    • Wear slip off shoes and a light coat, weather permitting.
    • Liquids must be less than 3.4 ounces, bottles must fit in 1 quart bags, and be placed in a bin for screening. Carry an empty water bottle and fill it at a drinking fountain once you’re past security.
    • Have laptops and large tech items easily accessible
    • Use TSA Pre-Check ( for a fast and easy screening process (short lines, no shoe removal, no liquid checks, no computer removals)


BWI offers free WiFi throughout the airport.

Food & Drink at BWI:

Frequently Asked Questions

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