Timely Tips for Busy Travelers

Here is some important information to help airport travelers experience a smooth trip.


Allow sufficient time to travel to Bradley, park your car, get to the terminal, check luggage and proceed to the gate.

Plan to arrive at Bradley at least one hour prior to departure time for routine pre-flight procedures. Allow yourself at least 1 1/2 hours for international departures.

Allow extra time if you anticipate heavy traffic, rush-hour congestion, inclement weather, or ticket changes. Remember to call your airline for travel delays and flight information.


No unattended vehicles are allowed in most areas immediately next to passenger terminals. This applies to inner, outer, upper and lower roadways. Curbside parking is allowed only during active loading and unloading. Any unattended vehicles will be tagged and towed at owner's expense.

Passengers with special needs which require attention or assistance (i.e., elderly, children, excess baggage, ticket problems) should ensure that a driver stays with the vehicle, bringing additional assistance as needed.

Ample, clearly marked disabled parking is provided in both the short-term and long-term lots. With a disability permit, long-term rates apply in the short-term parking lot.

To provide clearer vehicular directions, a new signage system has been installed throughout  airport roadways.

Convenient on airport parking is more affordable than ever with Bradley's "Economy" lots. Rates are $5.00 a day and only $30.00 a week. A free shuttle service picks up customers and delivers them right to their airline. The airport Economy lot is less expensive than most of the off-airport parking lots.


Maintain control of luggage regardless of the form of transportation, and be prepared to answer questions about your bags.

Curbside check-in service is available on the upper "departure" ramps. However, this service may not be available for all departing flights. Any passengers flying on AirTran, Carnival or any charters operating from the International Arrivals Building should proceed directly to the appropriate ticket counter.

For travel on domestic flights, all passengers between the ages of 18 and 60 must have a "current" photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license, passport, or other photo identification provided by federal, state or local authorities. If you don't have a driver's license or passport you can get a photo ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles or from some local city or town offices.

International passengers (including travelers to most Caribbean Islands, Canada and Mexico) must have a valid passport or a photo ID and a certified birth certificate. A birth certificate photocopy is NOT acceptable.


Passengers may encounter slight delays as they try to clear airport security screening stations. Although these stations may seem inconvenient to some passengers, they are necessary part of making air travel safe.

Self defense items that people commonly carry with them are considered a threat to aircraft safety and are not allowed beyond security screening points. Items such as electronic defense weapons (stun guns) as well as kubatons (small cylinder-like metal sticks commonly found on key chains) cannot be brought into gate areas by either passengers or other airport visitors. These items must be placed in checked luggage were they are unaccessible during flight. Stun guns may be considered illegal weapons or require a carrying permit in other states. Travelers should check the state regulations of their final destination.

Pepper and mace sprays are categorized as both a security risk and a hazardous material. These items are not allowed past security or onboard commercial carriers under any circumstances.

Items such as keys, heavy jewelry, barrettes, a large number of coins and even belt buckles may set off sensitive metal detectors.

Gift-wrapped toy guns or objects that look like weapon cannot be carried onto departing flights. These items must be packed in checked baggage.

All airport users should remain alert for any suspicious or unattended bags, parcels or other items. Report any such objects immediately to security or airport personnel.

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