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Tips for Traveling Through RDU

Below, find tips to allow a low-stress start to your vacation or trip!

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

  • Most airlines limit carry-on items to one bag and one personal item
  • Clearly label all luggage
  • Bring a government-issued ID that matches your name on your ticket.
  • Be prepared for the TSA security checkpoint.
  • Wait to wrap gifts until you arrive at your destination.
  • Transporting firearms? Contact your airline for the correct procedure.

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.

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.