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The following information will help you know what to expect when you arrive at the airport for flights operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection®.
Please review the suggestions so that you have enough time to catch your flight. In addition, you can check the latest travel alerts to learn about circumstances that could affect schedules, airport operation and parking as well as flight status information for gates and times.
Within the U.S. as well as flights to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands check in:
Departing Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands check in:
For flights to international destinations check in:
Recommended check-in times for cities that exceed two hours:
|Flights departing||Recommended Check-In Time|
|Aruba, Aruba (AUA)||180 minutes|
|Bermuda, Bermuda (BDA)||150 minutes|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)||180 minutes|
|Canada (All cities)||180 minutes|
|Dublin, Ireland (DUB)||180 minutes|
|Lima, Peru (LIM)||180 minutes|
|Mexico (All cities)||180 minutes|
|Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)||180 minutes|
|Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG)||180 minutes|
|Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)||180 minutes|
|Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS)||180 minutes|
|San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)||180 minutes|
|Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)||180 minutes|
To retain your pre-reserved seat on a confirmed flight, please adhere to the minimum check in and gate arrival times listed. We have suggested airport arrival times above to help you check in and get through Security with enough time.
For flights originating in the U.S.:
For flights originating outside the U.S.:
Note: Particular seats on the aircraft are not guaranteed.
To help us get your bag on the same flight with you, we have implemented baggage acceptance cutoff times. Please present your bag to an airline representative for check-in no later than the stated cutoff times for the departure airport.
For flights within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:
For flights originating in airports outside the U.S. or flights departing the U.S. for an international destination:
Please review the table for airports that require extra time for baggage acceptance.
|Flights departing||Baggage Acceptance Cutoff Time|
|Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)||40 minutes|
|Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)||40 minutes|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)||75 minutes|
|Chicago O'Hare, Illinois (ORD)||40 minutes|
|Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG)||45 minutes|
|Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)||40 minutes|
|Denver, Colorado (DEN)||45 minutes|
|Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)||45 minutes|
|Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)||45 minutes|
|Los Angeles, California (LAX)||45 minutes|
|Miami, Florida (MIA)||45 minutes|
|Newark, New Jersey (EWR)||40 minutes|
|New York (JFK)||45 minutes|
|Orlando, Florida (MCO)||40 minutes|
|San Francisco, California (SFO)||40 minutes|
|San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)||40 minutes|
|St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX)||45 minutes|
|St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands (STT)||60 minutes|
|Tampa, Florida (TPA)||40 minutes|
|Washington Dulles, District of Columbia (IAD)||40 minutes|
In Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, baggage for confirmed flights may only be accepted up to four hours prior to confirmed departure.
When arriving in the U.S. from an international city, you will claim your checked bags at the first stop within the U.S. and proceed through Immigrations/Customs. If you're flying internationally and connecting to another airline, check the applicable country's Customs procedures to determine whether checked baggage needs to be re-checked with the other airline upon arrival into that country.
At the security checkpoint, present your government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport and your boarding pass or priority verification card. We offer a wide range of convenient options for obtaining your boarding pass:
If you are not traveling but are attending a meeting in a private, reserved conference room, in the Admirals Club or Executive Center, you can go through the security checkpoint if your name is placed on the daily meetings list given to Security at least 24 hours in advance.
To have your name placed on the list, please call 1-800-237-7971 and select the club location. Club personnel will assist you and provide information for you to access the security checkpoint. For additional information regarding the Admirals Club please visit www.aa.com/admiralsclub.
Air carrier authorization forms for escorting minors, the elderly, etc. will still be available and valid for passage through security checkpoints. For more information regarding unaccompanied minors, please refer to our Traveling With Children page.
Further information regarding clearing the security checkpoint can be found at www.aa.com/checkpoints.
At various airports, AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold® members, AAirpass® holders, as well as First or Business Class customers may have access to special security checkpoints entrances.
To confirm availability of this service, we suggest that you inquire at the airport upon arrival.
Premium security checkpoint access varies based in part on local TSA staffing constraints. Local operators at some airports may also restrict access to these checkpoint entrances.