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Amidst pre-pandemic level traffic, MEM offers summer travel tips

After a busy June 2022 that saw 223,644 people pass through the checkpoint, Memphis International Airport (MEM) is offering additional travel tips for passengers. June’s checkpoint totals rival those of June 2019 before the pandemic, with only a 7% decline in comparison. In addition, 43,540 people were screened over the six-day July 4 holiday travel period (June 30-July 5). Despite these pre-pandemic passenger numbers, airline schedules continue to experience volatility due to staffing issues. With that in mind, it’s important to be prepared and take measures to ensure your trip is as efficient and pleasant as possible:

Arrival, Parking and Check-In

  • MEM recommends that travelers arrive at the airport at least TWO HOURS before their departure time. The busiest period for passengers is between 4-8 am.
  • Prior to coming to the airport, passengers can also save time by checking in online via their airline’s website.
  • Airlines manage all aspects of scheduling, so please check with your airline frequently the week before you travel.
  • Baggage: please contact your airline for any questions about baggage, including missing baggage. Each airline handles its own baggage operations and the airport does not have access to baggage tracking information.
  • The economy parking area may periodically reach capacity during peak travel days. When this occurs, additional signage will be added, and additional parking staff will help direct drivers to available parking spots.
  • MEM is also prepared to activate an overflow parking area should the economy, short-term and long-term garages reach capacity. Should this occur, additional parking staff will help direct drivers to this lot. For convenience, drivers parking in the overflow lot may want to drop off luggage and other passengers at the terminal before parking.


  • In order to expedite security screening time, passengers should review the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) list of prohibited items.
  • Firearms in carry-on bags are prohibited by federal law. Check your bags before you arrive at the airport.