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Safety and security are critical

Safety starts before you’re even out the door.

Timing is everything.

A little extra time can go a long way.  Plan to leave your home so that you’ll be at the airport 90 minutes before your scheduled departure. If it generally takes you 15 minutes to get to BTV, add 5 or 10 minutes to cover unforeseen possibilities – a short delay enroute due to traffic, for example. If you're traveling to us from farther away, such as Montreal or Plattsburgh, we suggest you add 20 minutes to account for unforeseen traffic or weather conditions.

You can save time if you plan properly.

Want to save time waiting? Check the status of your flight directly with the airline before you’ve left for the airport. While adjusted arrival and departure times may be made on short notice, there could be information that can help you respond and plan accordingly. To reiterate: the best place to start is with your airline.

At the Security Checkpoint:   

Be prepared before you get to the front of the line by following these simple steps:

  • Have your ID and boarding pass ready for inspection. Be certain the name on your ID and boarding pass are exactly the same. This will get you and everyone else through security faster!
  • Ensure that everyone in your party has followed the 3-1-1 Rule for Carry-Ons (3.4 ounces or smaller containers of liquids or gels, contained in a 1-quart zip-top plastic bag —1 bag allowed per traveler). For a complete list of rules for carry-on item, visit

  • If you’re traveling with a laptop or tablet computer, take it out of your bag and put it in a security bin.

  • Be prepared to remove your shoes and everything from your pockets. Don’t forget about belts that may set off metal detectors.

  • Speak with young children about the screening process so they will not be frightened or surprised. If you are accompanying a minor to a gate, please contact the airline for information about escort passes at the airport. They are often available through the ticket counter or at check-in.

Helpful links:

Federal agencies involved in Aviation and Security

Below please find links to other agencies and a brief description of each.

Additional information can be found via the following links: