Navigating Your Way Around DIA
DIA is so large, and it is designed in a way that can take passengers some time to get to their gate. It might be confusing for new passengers to navigate around and so we try to give you some facts to help you get around. Denver International Airport has 6 levels and 3 concourses. Level 6 is dedicated to passenger drop offs and passengers can be picked up on level 4. Level 5 is for baggage claim. DIA provides elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks as well as underground train to help passengers reach their gates or to leave the airport. All gates are a nine-minute train ride or less from the terminal.
It is recommended to arrive two hours before your flight is due to take off. Please arrive at the airport three hours before your flight is scheduled for take off if you are traveling international. It usually takes some time to get your boarding pass, check your luggage, pass through the security line and navigate to your gate. If everything goes smoothly you will still have time to sit down and relax, or check the shops for gifts or grab a bite to eat without rushing.
Tickets and Checked Baggage
You can prepare your boarding pass at home. This will allow you to save time and avoid the hassle of standing in a long line at the airline ticket counter at DIA. Another way to do this is to use one of of the kiosks at the ticket counter which will print the boarding pass for you. This is only if you don’t have any bags to check. If you have luggage that you need to check, there are some curbside luggage check-in on level 6 when you come to Denver International Airport. Level 6 is the passenger drop-off area. You can ask for priority service in case you are stuck in a long line inside at the ticket counter. If that is the case asked an airline employee to see if they can help you and let them know that your plane is leaving soon
At DIA, security lines are often crowded so it pays to be prepared. That way you can pass through security as quickly as possible and not hold up other passengers, or arrive late to your gate. Please have your photo ID ready in case the airport personal ask you for it.
some of the things to remember during your security check point:
- Dont forget to empty your pockets completely
- Do not take any water or liquids with you during your wait. Liquids are not allowed passed the security check point
- Make sure that your bag and purse are placed on the conveyor belt and are moving before you move forward.
- Your coat, shoes and belt should be removed and placed in a bin.
- All laptops need to be placed in a separate bin, out of their cases.
- Regarding liquids, the rule still applies to put all liquids of 3 ounces or less in a clear Ziploc baggie, make sure it is completely sealed, and place it in a bin, not in your luggage or purse.