TSA Wait Time Averages

Photo: People standing in line.

Average security checkpoint wait time data is available by terminal. This information is based on historical and upcoming flight schedules, not real-time data. Daily schedule changes and/or other circumstances will affect wait times. TSA and SJC are not responsible for longer-than-stated wait times or missed flights.


Security checkpoints open at 4:30 AM. TSA recommends that you arrive two hours prior to scheduled departure for check in and security processing for domestic flights and three hours prior for international flights. You can find security guidance for travelers as well as information about acceptable forms of identification and prohibited items. Before arriving at the airport, review your airline’s departure terminal, minimum check-in time and ticket counter hours. Also, plan ahead for weather and traffic delays. View your flight status online