Growth in passenger traffic at Detroit Metro Airport means longer wait times, officials say

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor Twitter: @ScottMBolt

Photo source: Detroit Metro Airport Facebook page

Photo source: Detroit Metro Airport Facebook page

If you’re planning to travel out of Detroit Metro Airport anytime soon, officials say that you should plan ahead and allow for more time due to a recent increase in passenger traffic.

According to officials at Detroit Metro, total passenger traffic at the airport has jumped 8 percent during the first two months of 2016.

The current jump follows an already steady increase in airport traffic over the last year, which added up to nearly one million new customers flying in and out of Detroit Metro Airport in 2015

“This trend is likely to continue as airlines add new non-stop service from Detroit, giving our customers more destinations from which to choose,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton in a statement.

“As DTW attracts more travelers, screening is taking a little longer. We urge everyone to plan ahead, so they make their flight.”

According to the Transportation Safety Administration, the early morning hours at Detroit Metro are the busiest times for passenger screening, especially between 6 and 9 a.m.

In the month of March, officers screened 7.3 percent more passengers compared with the same month last year, according to the TSA.

Airport officials recommend that travelers arrive about 90 minutes early for a domestic flight and two hours ahead of time for an international flight.

“Arriving early makes the travel experience easier, more enjoyable and allows our customers to enjoy the new shops, restaurants and amenities without rushing to their gate,” Naughton said.

Passengers should also remember to check their carry-on bags for prohibited items before coming to the airport.

Attempting to proceed through TSA screening with prohibited items will delay the process for everyone in line.

A list of prohibited items for both carry-on and checked luggage is available at

For more information, visit

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