Traveler Tips

General Info

Airlines at Huntsville International Airport recommend arriving 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time for domestic travel and 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time for international travel. ***Note that peak travel times at Huntsville International Airport include the early morning hours on Monday and the afternoon hours Thursday and Friday. Passengers are encouraged to allow extra time during these peak travel times.

A government issued photo ID is required at check-in and security checkpoint. Boarding passes are required to enter security checkpoint.  Check in at the ticket counter, at an e-ticket machine, or curbside, if available for your carrier. Children under 18 are not required to have a photo ID.

Unacceptable Items

For a complete list of items prohibited from either carry-on or checked baggage, please visit the TSA online at or call the TSA contact center toll free at 1-866-289-9673.

Pick-ups and Drop-offs

Travelers that are being dropped off or picked up at the airport may use the 10-minute “waiting spaces” that are provided free of charge for these customers. Waiting spaces are located immediately in front of the terminal building and are equipped with a timer that will begin when a vehicle enters a space and then flash to indicate when time has expired. A large canopy covers this area to protect passengers and their belongings from the elements during loading and unloading. Due to security restrictions, vehicles must be attended at all times while in a 10-minute waiting space.

In addition, we offer the first 30 minutes of parking in the hourly parking deck for free.

Group Travel

Checking in with large groups can overwhelm the available space at the ticket counter and TSA lanes. It is beneficial for large groups to split in half and some members enjoy the waiting area next to Elite Travel on the first floor of the terminal while others check in. Remember to proceed to the security checkpoint as members receive tickets instead of  waiting as a large group in the terminal.  This will prevent delays at the TSA security checkpoint. Each member of the group should hold onto his or her own boarding pass and photo ID.  Your group can meet back up on the concourse.  (Designate a location within the concourse to meet- – at your designated gate or at McAlister’s Deli for instance.)

You may also e-mail ahead of time if you have a large school group etc traveling and we will provide this information to TSA for planning.

Advanced Boarding Passes

Many airlines allow passengers to visit their website to check in and print their boarding pass prior to arriving at the airport. Passengers who print their boarding pass can then proceed directly to the gate. Check with your airline for more information.

International Travel

Passengers traveling internationally must have completed the check-in process at least one hour prior to departure. International travelers should be at their gate 45 minutes prior to departure.

Foreign Currency

Huntsville International Airport does not offer foreign currency exchange.

Leisure Travel

Vacations are a good time to play; however, take care when packing your sporting equipment. Golf clubs should be washed prior to flying to prevent possibly triggering baggage screening equipment. Clubs should be in a travel bag. Fishing gear, baseball bats, and other equipment must be checked.


All undeveloped film and video tapes should be packed in carry on luggage. The baggage screening equipment for checked baggage may damage or destroy undeveloped film.


Be cautious when packing bags. Federal Security Screeners often need to open and physically search a bag during the screening process. Overstuffed bags are more difficult to close once opened and could result in delays for checked luggage. Also, most airlines charge fees for overweight bags.

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