BHM Travel Tips for Labor Day Weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 1, 2020 –  Airports across the country are typically preparing for a busy Labor Day holiday weekend as travelers often take one last trip before the end of summer. This year as coronavirus-related concerns continue to impact the industry, airport passenger traffic will not be as busy as in the past and things will look differently for those who have not traveled since March. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is ready to welcome travelers and is committed to providing a safe environment for travel. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead to enjoy stress-free travel and ensure a smooth takeoff.


  • Save time by downloading your airline’s mobile app before coming to the airport. Check-in for your flight, access your boarding pass, check your flight status and more.
  • Arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times to allow for parking, checking luggage, and going through security screening.
  • Convenient self-parking is available in the airport parking deck starting at $12 per day with contactless payment options.


Security Checkpoint:

  • Keep possession of your boarding pass for self-scanning.
  • Know the Transportation Security Administration’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-on bags. TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags.
  • Place items such as belts, wallets, keys and phones directly into carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.
  • Separate food and electronics from carry-on bags for X-ray screening.
  • Remember to check your bag for prohibited items.


 In the Airport:

  • Wear a face covering that fits over your nose and mouth. Check your airline’s policy for the types of face coverings allowed as some airlines prohibit masks with valves or vents.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizer stations that are located throughout the airport.
  • Use your mobile phone when possible for boarding and payment options.
  • Expect to see enhanced cleaning, protective shields, and social distancing floor markers.


Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off:

  • Utilize Hourly parking located on the third level of parking deck or the cell phone waiting lot.
  • Curbside parking or waiting is not allowed.
  • All guests entering the terminal should wear a face covering.


BHM Actions:

The safety and security of our passengers and employees is our top priority at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect travelers, guests, and airport workers against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Around-the-clock cleaning occurs throughout the terminal with EPA-approved cleaning solutions making sure high touch-point areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, and seating areas are properly cleansed.
  • Deep cleanings and sanitation of the terminal occur each night with electrostatic spray technology.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the terminal for both passengers and employees.
  • Acrylic shields have been installed at public counters.
  • Social distancing floor markers have been installed in passenger queuing areas.
  • Signage has been added in the terminal with information on how to reduce the spread of illnesses.


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About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

As Alabama’s largest commercial airport serving nearly 3 million passengers in 2019,  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has served as a gateway to the sky for more than 85 years. Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority, the airport continues to be a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire region. For more information, visit or follow BHM on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.