Can you travel to or from the airport for a flight after curfew?
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In response to protests and unrelated riotous activity across the U.S., many cities and counties have instituted curfews. Though some of these curfews have already expired, many have not—and it’s possible that more curfews will be put in place in the days and weeks ahead.

Yesterday, I was asked a good question on Twitter that I decided I’d answer here: “With curfews starting as early as 5pm., how are travelers who need to go to/from airport being affected?” It turns out that a clear answer is hard to come by. In one of the only features I could find on the subject, 12 News writes that at least in Phoenix, AZ, travel in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is permitted outside of curfew hours (currently 8pm each night through 5am each morning). From the story:

“Krishna Patel, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, said travelers are allowed to come to the airport if they have business at the airport. ‘You are allowed to come to the airport outside of curfew hours if you have business at the airport. This includes catching a flight, regular work shifts, pick-up or drop-off,’ Patel said in an email. ‘We recommend travelers check the flight status before arriving at the airport. Passengers arriving on flights after curfew hours should follow the Governor’s order and go home after leaving the airport.'”

My home airport, LAX, has also confirmed that travelers can travel to the airport for a flight during curfew, tweeting: “Travel to/from LAX is allowed during the curfew in LA, but plan ahead for ground transportation as ride app and taxi service may be limited. The FlyAway bus and Metro remain operational but are subject to change. Passengers may also rent a car or be picked up at the airport.”

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), meanwhile, also confirmed that travelers and employees are allowed to travel to/from the airport during curfew hours. In a tweet yesterday, the airport said that it “remains open during San Francisco’s curfew. Passengers and employees can travel to/from the airport. Taxis and app-based rides will be available. Friends and family members may pick up/drop off passengers. Please give plenty of time before flights and plan accordingly.”

On Twitter, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) confirmed the same: “DFW remains open during the curfew. Passengers and employees are allowed to travel to/from the airport. Those using DART, TEX Rail, TRE, or other public transportation services may be impacted. For area curfew information stay updated @CityOfDallas and @CityofFortWorth.”

More on traveling to the airport for a flight after curfew

I’ve put together five additional tips for anyone needing to travel to a U.S. airport while curfew rules are in place. Read them here.


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