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‘Countdown’ to Take-off Begins for Super Bowl Fans

HOUSTON – When the game is over and the celebrations have wrapped up, thousands of football fans in town for Super Bowl LI will be heading home — and a large number of those will be heading to Houston’s airports.

Between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), approximately 140,000 passengers are expected to travel through Houston’s two commercial airports on Monday, February 6, 2017, and it’s estimated that more than 70 percent of that number will be departing Houston.

The Houston Airport system offers are a number of ways fans can help make their trips back home go smoothly and efficiently:

Follow the ‘5-4-3-2-1’ plan

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport to catch your flight by following this time line:

  • 5 Hours Before Departure: Check out of your hotel.

  • 4 Hours Before Departure: Return your rental vehicle.

  • 3 Hours Before Departure: Check in at the ticket counter.

  • 2 Hours Before Departure: Proceed to the security checkpoint at your terminal.

  • 1 Hour Before Departure: Arrive at your gate.

Get with the ‘program’

Souvenir programs from big sporting events like the Super Bowl often include hologram technology that can prompt additional screening of luggage by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). To avoid that issue and help move the screening process along, it is best to carry those programs in your hand, and when going through security, place them in a separate scan bin and alert TSA that you are bringing it through. For more information, visit tsa.gov.

TSA Security

Passengers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with TSA procedures to ensure they are in compliance with their guidelines. Passengers are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in carry-on bags and through the security checkpoint. These items are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. For more information, visit tsa.gov.

Drop off/Pick up

For those picking up/dropping visitors, all Houston Airports are “active loading” facilities; this means parking is not permitted at terminal curb areas. Please take advantage of the cell phone lots to alleviate traffic congestion from continuous circling of the facilities. There are two cell phone lots at Bush Intercontinental — one just off northbound John F. Kennedy Boulevard and one off westbound Will Clayton Boulevard. At Hobby Airport a cell phone lot is available on westbound Airport Boulevard, just before the entrance to the airport.

Get plugged in

In addition to the essential information hosted on their main website, www.fly2houston.com,  each airport also has a dedicated website which provides need-to-know travel resources specifically for Super Bowl travelers:




About: The Super Bowl 51 Joint Information Center brings together public safety and transportation agencies from across Houston and the Nation to  provide timely, accurate, and consistent information as the Bayou City hosts Super Bowl 51.  For more information, visit: houstontx.gov/superbowl.

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