Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Travel Tips

Phoenix Exterior photo with Southwest Airlines aircraft

Flying out of Terminal 3?

We are modernizing Terminal 3. Find out more about the changes at Terminal 3. 

During the Terminal Modernization process, travelers can expect a longer walk through the terminal due to construction. It is easy to call for wheelchair assistance. Travelers can make a request for a wheelchair at the Information Counter or with a Navigator.  

Real ID

January 5, 2017 - Arizona driver licenses, IDs are valid for air travel until Oct. 1, 2020. New TSA notices at airports don’t affect Arizonans. Read more >>

The Arizona Department of Transportation has made a Voluntary Travel ID available beginning April 1, 2016. This credential meets federal REAL ID Act of 2005 security requirements for access to airports, restricted federal buildings, military bases and more. It costs $25 and is good for up to eight years.

This also means since Arizona has a federally compliant ID that meets the requirements set forth in the REAL ID Act, current Arizona driver licenses and ID cards will be acceptable for use at airports and elsewhere until Oct. 1, 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The TSA has issued a Fact Sheet and a list of Frequently Asked Questions for those who have questions about air travel and Real ID. 

Visit the Arizona Department of Transportation for more details, read a letter for a quick rundown, or watch these videos in English and Spanish on our YouTube page.

Before You Leave

  • Make sure the name on your plane ticket/reservation matches the name on your driver’s license or other government issued identification you will be using when you travel. The TSA offers more details.
  • Regardless of what company you used to book your flight, contact the airline you will be traveling with at least two days before your flight to confirm that your schedule has not changed.
  • Check flight status with your airline before coming to the Airport.
  • Check with your airline on fees for checked and overweight bags.
  • Those traveling American, Southwest or United Airlines and who are parking in East Economy or arriving at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station may want to take advantage of Early Bag Check.
  • Arrive 2 hours prior to flight for US travel, 3 hours prior for international travel.
  • Passengers wishing to rent a car are encouraged to make reservations in advance to ensure vehicle availability.
  • Pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked baggage. Remember, if you plan to carry liquids and gels onto the plane, they must be in 3 ounce containers or less and carried in a one-quart zip top bag. Only one bag per passenger, and the bag must be screened separately at the security checkpoint.
  • Do not pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage.
  • Pack Safe - What you need to know about hazardous materials
  • For information on what you can and can't bring onto the plane, see the TSA list of prohibited items.
  • A note about hoverboards:  Airlines do not allow hoverboards as either carry-on or checked baggage. Please check with your airline before traveling as to whether or not they have special baggage restrictions. 
  • You may want to bring a snack or meal for the flight. Beverages may not be carried through the checkpoint but can be purchased past security and carried onto the plane.
  • Afraid to fly?
  •  Looking for information on parking options?  Visit our Parking page or call (602) 273-4545 for real-time parking availability.


At the Airport

Have questions or need assistance once you are at the airport? Look for a Navigator in purple or an Airport Operations employee or visit an Information Counter