LUBBOCK, Texas — With the arrival of the holiday travel season, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport wants its travelers to have the best experience when flying.

Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday travel is among the busiest times at LPSIA and at other airports across the nation.

Here is a list of travel tips LPSIA shared in a press release:


  • Pack wisely – make sure there are no prohibited items in your carry-on luggage and no valuable items or medications in your checked bags.
  • If flying with bags used for hunting or hobbies, make sure no unintended prohibited items remain.
  • Visit or download the TSA app for information on permitted and prohibited items, 3-1-1 for carry-ons, traveling with food or gifts, and more.

Before You Leave for the Airport

  • Passengers are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before flight.
  • Confirm the status of your flight with your airline before coming to the airport.
  • Print your boarding pass or select an electronic boarding pass in advance.
  • Bring government-issued photo ID to the airport for all adult passengers.


  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is reminding travelers that peak holiday travel will result in parking lots filling quickly. Travelers are encouraged to utilize the offsite parking lot known as Airport Shelter Park. Airport Shelter Park is located on the southeast corner of North Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. and East Regis Street.
  • Airport Shelter Park provides gated, covered long-term parking. Free shuttle service from Airport Shelter Park is available daily from 4 AM until the last flight of the day. For questions regarding Airport Shelter Park, please call 806-744-1004.


  • If you are checking a bag for your flight, you will need to drop off your bags at the ticket counter whether you checked-in online or at the airport.
  • If you did check-in online before leaving for the airport, have your boarding pass, and are not checking a bag, you can go directly to the TSA security line without visiting the ticket counter.
  • Allow more time to check-in if you are traveling with infants, young children, elderly passengers, people with disabilities, or pets.
  • For those traveling with a service animal, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport now has a Service Animal Relief Area (SARA). The SARA is located across from Gate 6 & 7.


  • If you are picking someone up at the airport, the Cell Phone Waiting Area offers a place to park for free and wait for your passengers to arrive. Your passengers should contact you once they’ve collected their bags and are curbside.
  • When you pick someone up at the terminal, please remember the curbside is for immediate pick-up and drop-off only. Curbside waiting is not allowed. Visit the Parking Ground Transportation page for more details.

Travelers can find more information on the airport’s website at