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Holiday Travel Tips From Tulsa International Airport

Posted at 10:44 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 11:44:26-05

TULSA, OK – December 16, 2019 – Travelers are expected to begin their holiday journey this week, and officials at Tulsa International Airport are gearing up for the traditional Holiday rush. Flights for the last two weeks of the year are scheduled to be up 3.7% compared to last year.

Passengers departing before 8 AM should arrive two hours prior to their scheduled departure time - keeping in mind the checkpoint does not open until 3:45 AM. All other passengers are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time for domestic travel and two hours early for international travel. Travelers should also confirm their airline’s check-in procedure prior to coming to the airport.

Travelers have several options for parking at the airport

  • Garage/Covered Parking: The closest airport parking option at $12/day.
  • Economy Parking: Located behind the Clarion Inn, shuttles provide car side to curbside service at $8/day.
  • Hourly Parking: Hourly parking is conveniently located on the 3rd level of the parking garage, just steps away from baggage claim.
  • The first 30 minutes is $1 and has a $12/day max.
  • Valet Parking: Valet service located outside the ticket-counter doors for $18/day.

Provide the attendant with your return flight information, and they’ll have your car waiting upon your return.
Cell Phone Lot: Located just east of the Hilton Garden Inn with 60 spaces for drivers to park for free while waiting on arriving passengers and baggage.

Passengers must allow time for check-in at the airline ticket counter and for screening at the security checkpoint. Airlines provide additional guidance regarding their check-in procedures on their website. Travelers should confirm their airline’s check-in procedure prior to coming to the airport.

We have put together the following travel tips to make traveling by air this holiday season go as smoothly as possible:

Before leaving for the airport… Inclement weather can cause flight delays. Keep in mind the local weather forecast for both Tulsa and your final destination, and check with your airline for the most up-to-date flight information.

Liquids and gels in containers larger than 3.4 ounces should be packed in checked luggage. 7777 Airport Drive, Tulsa, OK 74115 P: 918.838.5000 F: 918.838.5199

Liquids and gels in containers 3.4 ounces and smaller may be packed in carry-on bags, as long as the following conditions are met:

New rules prohibit the placement of electronic cigarettes in checked luggage. Passengers must carry e-cigarettes in their carry-on bag. Any liquids must fit in the quart-sized Ziploc with other liquids and gels that the passenger is taking through the checkpoint.

Travelers may carry on board one bag that fits in the overhead bin or under the seat, plus one personal item.
Check with your airline for any applicable carry-on fees.
Personal items include things such as purses, briefcases, or laptops. A list of permitted and prohibited carry-on items is available at

Valuables including cameras, jewelry, documents, prescription medicine, and car keys, should be placed in your carry-on luggage and kept with you at all times.
Suitcases should be properly labeled on the exterior and interior of the bag with the passenger’s name and cell phone number.

All passengers (other than minors) are required to present a government-issued photo ID.

International travelers of any age must have a passport and other required documents.
Passengers should make copies of these documents and carry an extra set with them or electronically scan the documents and email a copy to them to have available
should their original identification be lost or stolen.

Many airlines now allow passengers to check-in for their flight up to 24 hours prior to its scheduled departure. Passengers should check with their airline’s website for additional information. At the airport…

Passengers can reduce their time in line at the ticket counters by utilizing self-service check-in machines.
Most of the airlines at TUL now offer this service at their ticket counters. These machines allow passengers to print boarding passes, check luggage, select or change seats, and purchase upgrades. All airlines at TUL accept electronic boarding passes. Passengers may use them to pass through security and board their plane.

  • When approaching the security checkpoint, passengers should have their government-issued photo ID or passport available with their paper or electronic boarding pass.
  • To expedite time through the security screening process, slip-on shoes are recommended.
  • Passengers not eligible for TSA’s Pre✓™ program should be prepared to remove shoes and jackets for screening.
  • All laptops, portable DVD players, or large electronic items must be removed from their cases and placed into their own bin.
  • Passengers should place keys, cell phones, pagers, and loose change in their carry on bags before getting in the security line.

When returning to TUL, if a third-party is providing transportation, advise your driver to use the cell phone parking lot or park in short-term parking located across from baggage claim on the third level of the parking garage. Parking and waiting at the curb for passengers to arrive will no longer be permitted.
Vehicles parked at the curb must be in the process of active loading or unloading of baggage and picking up or dropping off passengers.

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