Fort Wayne International Airport
Fort Wayne International Airport

Travel Tips

Traveling can be stressful, especially with all of the various rules and regulations out there today. To continue taking our service to "a whole new altitude", we have compiled the following list of Travel Tips to help you travel easily through FWA.

When to Arrive

All airlines strongly encourage passengers to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time (Allegiant recommends 120 minutes). At FWA the airline ticket counters close 30 minutes prior to departure to allow staff to assist with the flight. Please check with your airline before departing for the Airport to ensure there are no additional delays.

What is PreCheck and how do I apply?

TSA PreCheck is a program through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a more efficient, expedited screening process for qualified travelers. Keep your shoes, jacket and belt on; your laptop in its case; 3-1-1 compliant liquids in your bag; and enjoy a better overall travel experience. TSA PreCheck allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.

Acceptable Forms of ID

Make sure to bring a valid picture ID with you.  You will need it when you check-in at the ticket counter and when you go through the security checkpoint. For a listing of acceptable forms of ID, visit

Traveling with Children

Minor children (younger than 18 years of age) are not required to provide an ID at the airport ticket counter or the security checkpoint if traveling domestically in the United States. Some airlines may ask to see proof of age, however, if a child is traveling unaccompanied or if a child will be sitting on an adult's lap. Please consult with your airline regarding the specific rules for unaccompanied minors and their policies regarding identification for minors.

Packing your Carry-on Bag

Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers - a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then any heavier items.  This will help security officers see what's in your bag and help you get through screening faster.

What to Wear

Wear shoes that can be easily removed.  You will have to take your shoes off at the security checkpoint.

Carry-on Restrictions

Limit your carry-on items to one carry-on bag plus one personal item, such as a laptop computer, briefcase, purse, or camera case. Check with your airline for size restrictions and other rules.

3-1-1 Rule

Follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids in carry-ons:

  • 3.4 ounces or less bottles for liquids
  • All bottles placed in 1 quart-sized clear, plastic, zip-top bag
  • 1 bag per passenger


The FAA has estabished a website entitled PackSafe.  The website is an excellent resource to educate the flying public about hazardous materials. The website illustrates an array of dangerous items passengers may or may not carry in their checked and carry-on luggage.  Click here: FAA PackSafe website.