Travel Tips & Security Information :: Overview
CONFIRM FLIGHT SCHEDULES FIRST: Passengers should check
with their airline reservation centers on the web or through their airline toll
free phone lines to confirm flight schedules. Airline “800” numbers and website
links are available at www.metroairport.com/airlines
ARRIVE EARLY: New security procedures may
cause delays at the airline ticket counters and passenger screening
checkpoints. Check with your airline for specific recommendations on how early
to arrive at the airport. You may want to plan on arriving at DTW at
least two hours before scheduled
departure times, to allow ample time for parking, check-in and
ELECTRONICS IN CHECKED BAGGAGE: When possible, remove all batteries from any electronic devices packed in checked luggage. Electronic devices packed in checked luggage may activate unexpectedly and may arouse unnecessary suspicion.
PARKING TIPS: Travelers can call the
airport's 24-hour parking hotline (800-642-1978) to determine parking status.
The hotline provides up-to-the minute parking information at the airport.
CURBSIDE CHECK-IN: Curbside check-in is
operating for most airline carriers. Terminal curb fronts are open, but
reserved for active loading and unloading of passengers only. Unattended
vehicles at the curb fronts are prohibited, and may be ticketed and towed.
LUGGAGE: Luggage ID tags should be
filled out, both on the inside and outside of bags, before arrival to the
airport. Passengers are allowed one carry-on bag. Remember to pack valuables
such as jewelry, cameras, medication, passports, and money in carry-on luggage.
All carry-on luggage is subject to search at the passenger screening
- Locking Checked Luggage – In some cases, TSA
screeners will have to open luggage as part of the screening process. If the
luggage is locked with a device other than those that are TSA "accepted
and recognized", the lock may have to be broken.
TSA "accepted and
recognized" locks can be opened by TSA personnel using tools provided to
the TSA by the luggage industry members, Travel Sentry and Safe Skies. For more
information on purchasing these special locks click .
- Wrapped gifts
may be opened by security, causing further delays and disappointments for
yourself and other passengers. Plan on wrapping gifts after you arrive at
- Do not leave luggage unattended.
For easy identification, tie a bright ribbon around the handle of the
luggage. Remove hooks, straps and removable wheels before checking luggage
to avoid damage to your bags.
MEETERS & GREETERS: Since only ticketed
passengers are permitted beyond passenger screening checkpoints, meeters and
greeters are encouraged to identify a meeting place beforehand with their
party. Suggested meeting places are the airline baggage claim areas, ticket
lobbies or parking areas.
PICKING UP PASSENGERS: Curb fronts are for active loading and unloading only. Unattended
vehicles parked at the curb front are automatically considered suspicious.
Airport police may have no choice but to tow vehicles that are left unattended
at the curb front. If you are picking up someone at the curb front, the best
thing to do is to use short-term parking until your party is ready to exit the
building with their luggage; then bring your vehicle around to pick them up at
CELL PHONE LOTS: Another option is to use one
of DTW’s two handy cell phone lots on the north and south ends of the airport.
The lots are free, but you must stay with your vehicle. When you get the call
from your party that they are standing at the curb with their luggage, you can
drive to pick them up with no dwell time at the curb. Locations are at:
TRAVELING WITH PETS: Click here for seven steps to success when traveling with your pet.
PASSENGER SCREENING CHECKPOINTS: Passengers
may on occasion experience lines at the security checkpoints due to enhanced
screening procedures. These lines vary according to the time of day. Check with
your airline for specific recommendations on how early to arrive for your
ONLY TICKETED PASSENGERS: will be allowed through the
passenger screening checkpoints. Passengers 18 years of age and older should be
prepared to present a valid photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport)
along with their ticket at the checkpoints and ticket counters. Special
arrangements for passenger assistance can be made through the airlines.
CARRY-ON ITEMS: Passengers
are limited to one carry-on item along with one personal item, such as a purse,
briefcase or laptop. By minimizing carry-on luggage, travelers can reduce their
time spent at passenger screening checkpoints. Check with your airline for
specific security and baggage requirements.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: Any items that can be
construed as weapons (such as scissors, knives, small pocketknives, razor
blades, needles, etc.) are prohibited beyond passenger screening checkpoints.
Individuals who attempt to carry such items through passenger screening may be
prosecuted for a misdemeanor offense, punishable by imprisonment of not more
than one year, or a fine of not more than $1,000, or both. Liquids are limited
to 3 oz. containers or less. For more visit www.tsa.gov
MEDICAL SUPPLIES: Travelers with supplies for
medical conditions should be prepared to justify the need for such items with a
prescription and/or letter from their physician.
MORE INFORMATION: For more details regarding
prohibited items and safety tips, visit the Transportation Security
Administration website at www.tsa.gov or
Traveling With Batteries: For more details regarding
Traveling With Batteries click here