To help prepare passengers for a busier than ever AUS, the airport recommends:
That travelers using general TSA screening should arrive at least 2.5 hours before their boarding time for domestic flights
Travelers flying internationally should check-in at their airline ticket counter at least 3 hours before boarding.
Travelers checking luggage, traveling with small children or in a large group, and those flying out of AUS for the first time in a while, should give themselves extra time in addition to the 2.5- and 3-hour recommendation to make it to their gate on time.
Parking & Passenger Drop-Off Tips
An increase in passengers means more vehicles are dropping off and picking up passengers. Drivers and passengers are encouraged to “switch,” using whichever level has the least congestion. Drop off for departures on either the upper or lower level. Passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security using escalators and elevators from the lower arrivals level. If the lower level is congested, arriving passengers can use escalators and elevators to be picked up on the upper level.
Travelers looking to park onsite can visit ABIAParking.com to reserve a parking space and check for real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.
For arriving passengers getting picked up by Uber, Lyft, Wingz, or other rideshares, a tram service is available on the first floor of the Red garage to take passengers from the terminal to the rideshare pick-up area located on the ground floor underneath the rental car facility.
Flight Check-In Tips
Travelers without checked luggage can skip the airline ticket counters and head immediately to security screening checkpoints using these time-saving flight check-in options:
Use the lower curbside and upper curbside for drop-off — from the lower level, passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security via escalators and elevators.
Self-service flight check-in kiosks that allow travelers to print their boarding passes and bag tags are available inside the terminal, across from the airline ticket counters.
In addition to traditional check-in procedures, select airlines offer outside curbside check-in.
Travelers can also save time by checking in for their flight using their airlines’ mobile app and a mobile boarding pass.
TSA Screening and Packing Tips
Staffing at security screening checkpoints is the responsibility of the TSA. Checkpoints open at 3:30 a.m. with TSA PreCheck and Clear screening available at Checkpoints 1 and 2 West. In addition, a new security checkpoint near Southwest ticketing, Checkpoint 2 East, will be open during peak travel periods for all passengers going through general screening. All checkpoints lead to all gates and airlines in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
For more information about what can and cannot be brought through TSA security, visit TSA.gov.