Traveling to or from the Washington, D.C.-area for the Presidential Inauguration? We’re expecting a large number of customers in the airport during this time, so we’ve put together a few travel tips to make your experience a little easier:

Before you arrive

Check in for your flight using Web Check-in. You can check in online beginning 24 hours (and up to 45 minutes) before your flight. You can also pay for checked bags, select your seats and print your boarding pass ahead of time. Be sure to check the status of your flight before heading to the airport, especially in the event of inclement weather.


Departing from Washington January 22? The day following the Presidential Inauguration is expected to be the busiest at Washington’s airports.

Check for major road closures and allow for additional travel time if arriving or departing from Washington-area airports. Be prepared for additional traffic in and around the airport and allow plenty of time to arrive and park.

Plan to arrive between two and four hours prior to your flight. You will need at least two hours prior to departure to ensure that you have sufficient time to check in and clear TSA security lines. Customers are encouraged not to arrive more than four hours prior to scheduled flight time. Customers will not be allowed to check bags at the airport more than four hours before their departure time.

For more information on transportation to and from Washington’s three area airports, visit:

At the airport

You can ask for help from US Airways employees in the lobby and the airport volunteers in yellow shirts, or information counters staffed by Travelers Aid volunteers wearing blue blazers.
If you want to work, rest or just escape the crowds at Reagan National, try the US Airways Club, located on the North and Center Piers. If you’re not a club member, day passes are available to purchase at all club locations.