Summer travel at DIA – busiest TSA times this summer

Jul 4, 2024, 10:49 AM | Updated: Jul 5, 2024, 9:11 am

Leaving for Kansas to catch a flight, aka DIA, means some serious time management.  When should you get to the airport to catch a flight?  How much time should you allow to go through TSA?

Then general guidelines have recently been to get to the airport 2 hours before flights and 3 hours before international flights.  If that sounds too early for you, here is what TSA says about their busiest times at DIA.  Meaning it could take a little longer.

TSA’s Busiest DIA times:

4am – Noon

1pm – 3pm

The single busiest hour – the 3pm hour at DIA. That’s when people are getting there for late afternoon and early evening flights.

Busiest days at DIA:

Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday

If you’re fortunate to have TSA precheck, TSA says their goal is to get you through TSA precheck in 10 minutes or less.  Standard TSA checkpoints have a goal of 30 minutes or less.

Before heading to the airport, it’s a great and easy idea to go to DIA’s website and check the security times.  Plus, the site also has information about parking garages and which one has spots available

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