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Denver International Airport Offers Tips for Travelers for the Holidays

Denver International Airport Offers Tips for Travelers for the Holidays

This is the season for travel!  More than 611,000 passengers are anticipated to pass through TSA checkpoints at Denver International Airport (DEN) between Monday, Dec. 19, and Tuesday, Dec. 27, an increase of 14.5% from the same period in 2021.

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The busiest days of the travel period will be Thursday, Dec. 22, and Friday Dec. 23, with over 76,000 travelers
passing through TSA checkpoints each day.

Here’s what travelers should expect when flying through DEN this season:

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Plan Ahead:
• You snow the drill – Check your flight status with your airline for up-to-date delay or cancellation information.
• Arrive early. We’re not elfin’ around, it’s important to get to DEN at least two hours prior to boarding time.
• DEN has three security checkpoints. Just like the North Pole, South Security is open 24 hours a day. North Security is open from 4 a.m.-7:45 p.m. and Bridge Security is open from approximately 4:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
• Sleigh it ain’t so – TSA screening checkpoints are generally busiest early in the morning from about 5-10a.m., and from 1-4 p.m.

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TSA:
Passengers are strongly encouraged to use the primary checkpoints for TSA PreCheck and standard screening
as outlined below.

South Security Checkpoint: Open 24/7 as the primary checkpoint for standard screening (see TSA PreCheck
hours below)

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• Standard Screening: This checkpoint is dedicated to standard screening travelers
• TSA PreCheck: There are a limited number of TSA PreCheck lanes open from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. PreCheck
passengers traveling after 8 p.m. will receive an expedited screening through the standard lanes at this checkpoint.
• CLEAR Customers: A CLEAR lane is available at this checkpoint for standard screening. CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck may use this lane, but are strongly encouraged to utilize the lane on the North Security Checkpoint for a more efficient experience.

North Security Checkpoint: Primary checkpoint for TSA PreCheck passengers: Open 4 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
• TSA PreCheck: This checkpoint is primarily for TSA PreCheck passengers
• CLEAR Customers: A CLEAR lane is available on the east side of this checkpoint for travelers who are CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck
• Premium/Premier Traveler Lane: This lane is available on the west side of this checkpoint
• Standard Screening: There are a limited number of standard screening lanes, but we encourage standard passengers to use the South Security Checkpoint or the Bridge Security Checkpoint.

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Parking:
All DEN on-site parking lots are open except valet parking in both garages and the Mt. Elbert lot, which opens
if Pikes Peak reaches capacity. The Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot is a great cost-effective parking option at only $8 a
day. If the more than 8,000 spots fill at Pikes Peak, the Mount Elbert shuttle lot will open as an overfill lot.
DEN has a total of 36 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available on level 1 of the parking garages. There is
no charge to use the stations, however, the standard garage parking rates apply.

Remote Bag Drop:
Passengers have two ways to drop off their luggage and print their boarding passes before entering the
airport. DEN’s free bag drop service is available on 75th Ave. near the Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot and at the transit
center near the RTD A-Line.

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The service saves passengers a trip to the check-in counter and eliminates the hassle of carrying luggage
through the terminal. Bag drop is a free service offered by DEN and is available daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for
domestic flights on United, Southwest, Delta, American, Alaska and Spirit. Flights to international
destinations are not eligible for the bag check service.

Passengers using bag drop must be checked in and have dropped off their bags at least 90 minutes before
their flight. Airline bag fees (if applicable) are paid at the bag drop kiosk. Passengers with lap infants must visit
the ticket counter for the child’s boarding pass, per airline regulations.

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Holidays at DEN:
DEN is here to spread the holiday cheer! Throughout the season, travelers will be able to enjoy holiday
entertainment and activations. The latest events will be listed on flydenver.com/events.

The ice-skating rink has returned for its fifth season. Passengers and community members can ice skate for
free on the outdoor plaza between the terminal and the Westin through Jan. 1, 2023.

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The DEN ice-skating rink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Refreshments and holiday
treats are available for purchase in the skate shop. The skate shop offers free ice skates available for use in
multiple sizes and is located inside the Westin hotel on the west side near Tivoli Restaurant and Brewery.

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