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. 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 or at an e-ticket machine. Children under 18 are not required to have a photo ID.
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.
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. This is also a good area to regroup after the check-in process before proceeding to security checkpoint. Each member of the group should hold onto his or her own boarding pass and photo ID.
Advanced Boarding Passes
Many airlines allow passengers to visit their web sites 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.
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.
Huntsville International Airport does not offer foreign currency exchange.
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.
For a complete list of items prohibited from either carry-on or checked baggage, please visit the TSA online at www.TSA.gov or call the TSA contact center toll free at 1-866-289-9673.
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.
For additional travel tips, visit www.tsa.gov.