Thanksgiving is next week and the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport has released a helpful list with important tips for travelers hitting the sky.


  • Pack wisely – make sure there are no prohibited items in your carry-on luggage and no valuable items or medications in your checked bags.
  • If flying with bags used for hunting or hobbies, make sure no unintended prohibited items remain.
  • Visit or download the TSA app for information on permitted and prohibited items, 3-1-1 for carry-ons, traveling with food or gifts, and more.

Before You Leave for the Airport

  • Passengers are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before flight.
  • Confirm the status of your flight with your airline before coming to the airport.
  • Print your boarding pass or select an electronic boarding pass in advance.
  • Bring government-issued photo ID to the airport for all adult passengers.


  • If you are checking a bag for your flight, you will need to drop off your bags at the ticket counter whether you checked-in online or at the airport.
  • If you did check-in online before leaving for the airport, have your boarding pass, and are not checking a bag, you can go directly to the TSA security line without visiting the ticket counter.
  • Allow more time to check-in if you are traveling with infants, young children, elderly passengers, people with disabilities, or pets.
  • For those traveling with a service animal, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport now has a Service Animal Relief Area (SARA). The SARA is located across from Gate 9.


  • If you are picking someone up at the airport, the Cell Phone Waiting Area offers a place to park for free and wait for your passengers to arrive. Your passengers should contact you once they’ve collected their bags and are curbside.
  • When you pick someone up at the terminal, please remember the curbside is for immediate pick-up and drop-off only. Curbside waiting is not allowed. Visit theTerminal Ground Transportation page for more details.