JFK TSA Security Wait Times

How long does it take to get through security at JFK? Find out below!

John F. Kennedy International (New York, NY)

Passengers moving through the security checkpoints at John F. Kennedy International should anticipate waiting on average for:
11 minutes and 36 seconds

TSA Precheck Lanes: Available

Terminal 1

  • Terminal 1 CheckpointClosed

Terminal 2

  • Terminal 2 CheckpointOpen

Terminal 4

  • Terminal 4 Main CheckpointOpen

Terminal 5

  • Terminal 5 Main CheckpointOpen

Terminal 7

  • Terminal 7 CheckpointClosed

Terminal 8

  • Terminal 8 CheckpointOpen

Estimated Wait Times For Today

12 am - 1 am
8 m

1 am - 2 am
5 m

2 am - 3 am
2 m

3 am - 4 am
18 m

4 am - 5 am
9 m

5 am - 6 am
12 m

6 am - 7 am
20 m

7 am - 8 am
11 m

8 am - 9 am
8 m

9 am - 10 am
9 m

10 am - 11 am
13 m

11 am - 12 pm
14 m

12 pm - 1 pm
15 m

1 pm - 2 pm
13 m

2 pm - 3 pm
12 m

3 pm - 4 pm
19 m

4 pm - 5 pm
10 m

5 pm - 6 pm
19 m

6 pm - 7 pm
16 m

7 pm - 8 pm
10 m

8 pm - 9 pm
16 m

9 pm - 10 pm
24 m

10 pm - 11 pm
12 m

11 pm - 12 am
12 m

* Wait times are estimates, subject to change, and may not be indicative of your experience.

JFK Security Wait Times FAQ’s

The standard recommendation is to get to JFK 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours for an international flight.

It is always advisable to factor in New York traffic though, which can be extremely busy. Also factor in whether you are taking an Uber or Taxi, public transportation or whether you are driving to and parking at the airport. If in doubt leave earlier.

The JFK TSA wait times above will identify long delays and also help inform your decision. If JFK security wait times are excessive you should factor that into your journey time.

TSA PreCheck is available at the checkpoints above. You will also find information on whether the checkpoints are currently open or closed. This service will greatly reduce your JFK wait times. For those not already a member you can find our more or sign up here https://www.tsa.gov/precheck.
We don't have live JFK TSA wait times for non US citizens arriving at JFK but these passengers can expect a long wait. JFK wait lines are notoriously some of the longest in the country. Several factors can have a dramatic impact on how quickly you can clear immigration at JFK:

  • How many flights land at about the same time.
  • How many TSA agents are working.
  • If any passengers have difficulty being accepted through immigration.
  • Time of day.
As a non-US citizen booking flights that have a connection at JFK Kennedy Airport it is advisable to ensure you have a 3 hour window between arrival and departure times.
View the JFK Airport wait times above. This will give you a good indication of how busy JFK is right now.

For further information on JFK security wait times, TSA, bag screening and more visit https://www.jfkairport.com/