Fourth of July Weekend Travel Tips


Traveling Soon? Here’s What You Need to Know Before Flying BHM
Leisure Travel is Recovering as More Alabamians are Returning to the Skies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – June 30, 2021 – Air travel is back for leisure travelers and passenger traffic continues to grow at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM). While BHM remains an easy and convenient airport to quickly navigate from the curbside to the airline gate, wait times are increasing during peak travel times. Travelers should arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure to allow for a smoother travel experience. Travelers are also encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of TSA PreCheck and CLEAR, both of which are available at BHM and help passengers quickly move through airport security, saving time and stress.

A few more tips that travelers should know headed into the July 4th weekend include:

Plan Ahead

  • Download your airline’s mobile app for flight status notifications, access to your boarding pass, tracking bags and more.
  • Bring multiple face masks as federal law and the airlines require masks to be worn in the airport and on the plane.


Pack Smart

  • Know that fireworks, sparklers, and other prohibited items don’t fly. Start with an empty bag and review TSA’s prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Remember TSA’s 3-1-1 guidelines for liquids, gels and aerosols. TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 oz. in carry-on bags until further notice.
  • Declare firearms at check-in with your airline. Firearms may only be transported in checked baggage and must be properly packed. Firearms in carry-on bags are prohibited by federal law.


Arrive Early

  • Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure to allow plenty of time for parking in the deck, luggage check-in, security screening, food concessions and retail lines before arriving at your gate.
  • Relax and enjoy free WIFI while you wait for your flight.


About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

As Alabama’s largest commercial airport,  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has served as a gateway to the sky for nearly 90 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, and LinkedIn.