Departures at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Getting to the Airport

The Dallas/Fort Worth airport has one main road – International Parkway that can be accessed by entering State Highway 183 on the south, or State Highway 114 or Interstate 635 on the north. All terminal, hotels, and parking can be accessed from the International Parkway.

Terminal Information  

There are five terminals at DFW. Terminal D is the international terminal so the passengers flying abroad take off from that terminal. All other terminals are domestic. Terminals are shaped circularly; the design was created to minimize the distance between passengers’ cars and airplanes.

Terminal A has gates A6-A39 and is used mainly by American Airlines flights. Entry A10 is serving gates A1-A18, entry A24 is serving Gates A18-A39.

Terminal B has gates B1-B49 and is only used by American Eagle. Entry B12 serves gates B12-B25, entry B25 serves gates B25-B49.

Terminal C has gates C2-C39 and is solely used by American Airlines. Entry C12 serves Gates C1-C14, entry C24 serves gates C15-C25.

Terminal D has gates D5-D40 and is the international terminal. Entry at lower level D17 serves gates D1-D22, entry at lower level D24 serves Gates D23-D40.

Terminal E has gates E2-E38 and features different airlines – Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, United, and WestJet. Entry E12 serves Gates E2-E18, and entry E34 serves Gates E20-E38.

All passengers have to pass through a TSA security checkpoint to depart from the airport. There are different programs to make the screening process faster for passengers.

TSA PreCheck  

TSA PreCheckis the program from TSA that allows the traveler to wear shoes, jackets, and belts at the security checkpoint, and carry laptops and 3-1-1 liquids in carry-ons without removing them for screening. TSA PreCheck is available at the airport at the terminals A, C, and D.


CLEAR is the fastest way to get through the security and is available at Terminal E. With CLEAR you can skip long lines and go straight to the screening. To enroll in a program, passengers should stop by enrollment center at the E16security checkpoint.

Automated Screening Lanes

For screening at Automated Screening Lanes, a traveler must proceed to one of the five individual stations at checkpoints A21, D18, D22, D30, and E18 and retrieve a bin to fill it in with all the carry-on items, including roll-luggage. Laptops must be removed from the carry-on and place in bin separately. Bins should be pushed into a conveyor belt that is going to move it through the X-ray machine, and a traveler should proceed to the checkpoint to pick up belongings.

TSA Security Checkpoint Locations

TSA Security Checkpoint locations at Terminal A are A12 operating between 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM, A21 operating between 4:00 AM through 10:30 PM, A21 TSA PreCheck from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and A35 from 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

There are two Checkpoints at terminal B at B9 working from 4:30 AM to 10:45 PM and B30 operating between 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

There are four checkpoints at Terminal C – working from 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM, C30 TSA PreCheck from 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM, C21 operating between 3:00 AM to 10:30 PM, and C30 from 3:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

There are five checkpoints at Terminal D - D18 operating between 4:15 AM - 10:00 PM, D22 from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, D22 TSA PreCheckOperational hours vary, D30 from 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM, D30TSA PreCheck from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

There are also five checkpoints at Terminal E - E8 operating from  3:45 AM to 8:45 PM, E16 CLEAR working from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, E16 TSA PreCheck from 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM, E18 between the hours 3:45 AM - 11:30 PM, and E33 from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. 

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