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Tips for Traveling Through RDU

Below, find tips to make your travel through Raleigh-Durham International Airport easy and stress-free. Traveling this holiday season? View our Holiday Travel Guide for all the info you need to ensure your holiday joy takes flight this season!

Before You Travel
As you prepare for your flight, remember these tips:

Arriving At RDU For Your Flight

  • Arrive at RDU at least two hours before domestic flights to allow for parking, airline check-in and security. Contact your airline for requirements for international travel.
  • The terminal curbs are only for cars loading or unloading passengers.
  • Use ParkRDU Premier or Central to accompany someone indoors.
  • Sports equipment, such as golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, tennis rackets and pool cues, must be checked as luggage.
  • Only ticketed passengers are permitted beyond the security checkpoint.

Meeting/Picking-Up Someone?

Traveling With Children

  • When traveling with children, please allow extra time for check in and proceeding through the security checkpoint.
  • Prepare children by explaining the security process ahead of time.
  • Children, as well as adults, must undergo screening.
  • All child-related equipment must either go through the x–ray machine or be inspected by a checkpoint screener.
  • Please contact your airline for ID requirements for children.
  • Airlines may grant permission for an adult to accompany a child traveling alone to the gate. Check with your airline for details.
  • Pack activities for children such as coloring books, crayons or reading material.

Traveling with Pets

  • Learn about traveling with service animals.
  • Check with your airline concerning their policies on traveling with pets.
  • Animals traveling in the passenger cabin must be screened at the security checkpoint.
  • You may walk your animal through the metal detector with you. If this is not possible, your animal will have to undergo a secondary screening, including a visual and physical inspection.
  • You may be asked to remove your animal from its carrier so that the carrier can be placed on the screening equipment.
  • Pet relief areas are located outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.