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Nashville International Airport provides Holiday Travel Tips

Nashville International Airport provides Holiday Travel Tips

As the holiday season approaches, BNA wants to ensure that travelers prepare for an expected increase in holiday air travel from mid-November until after the first of the new year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ─ As the holiday season approaches, Nashville International Airport (BNA) wants to ensure that travelers, as well as guests picking them up and dropping them off at BNA, prepare for an expected increase in holiday air travel from midNovember until after the first of the new year. 

The following tips can help provide passengers and guests a great Nashville Airports Experience by staying on time and taking advantage of airport amenities, both pre- and post-security. 

What’s New?
Take advantage of the closest, most convenient parking option. BNA recently reduced the Short Term parking rate 20 percent as part of its new, simplified parking-rate structure. The Short Term parking garage is covered and closest to the terminal.
Enjoy a reserved parking section for Frequent Parker Program members. Members of BNA’s Frequent Parker Program can park in a reserved section of Long Term A for $15 per day. Passengers can sign up for the program at 
Drop off and pick up rental cars at a new facility. The Consolidated Rental Car Facility, located within easy walking distance to the terminal, opened in November 2011. Children 12 and under and passengers 75 and older may keep their shoes on during security screening. Learn more about TSA passenger screening and travels tips at 
Get a health check-up. Travelers can take care of their basic healthcare needs at CareHere, the first retail healthcare clinic and wellness store at a Tennessee airport. The clinic is located near the C concourse entrance on the secure side of check-in and offers primary care services (conditions like ear aches, rashes, nausea, strains/sprains), a medicine dispensary, flu shots and chiropractic services. 
Meet the Rockettes! The World Famous New York Radio City Hall Rockettes, who will be performing in Nashville, will greet passengers and guests at the C meeter/greeter area on Nov. 21.

Allow Extra Time – All travelers are urged to arrive inside the terminal at least two hours before their flight due to the anticipated heavy volume of passenger traffic during the holidays. Call your airline in advance to obtain the status of your flight and its recommended check-in time. You may also log on to to check arrival and departure times. 

Driving and Parking 
Take the correct exit from I-40 – Tips for arriving at BNA: 
- From Downtown and west of BNA: For easy access to the terminal, valet parking, the Short Term garage and the Long Term A lot, visitors should use I-40 Exit 216A. For all other parking, including Economy and Long Term B lots and the cell phone/waiting area, use the I-40 Donelson Pike Exit 216B. 
​- From east of BNA: Visitors should us the I-40 Donelson Pike Exit 216B to access the terminal and all parking. 
- To access the cell phone/waiting area: Visitors should use the I-40 Donelson Pike Exit 216B. 

Choose the parking lot that is right for you.
BNA recently reduced the Short Term parking rate 20 percent as part of its new, simplified parking-rate structure. No hidden fees in BNA’s rates.
- A Holiday Overflow Parking Lot will be available if needed. As you enter the airport, check the display for latest parking updates. Courtesy transportation in the Long Term A, Long Term B and Economy parking lots begins at 3:30 a.m. daily and ends 45 minutes after the last arrival. 
- BNA offers a Frequent Parker Program (FPP) to allow travelers to earn free parking, enjoy easier access in and out of gated parking lots, and make automated credit card payments at FPP members have access to a reserved section in the Long Term A lot for $15 per day.

​Parking Lot ​New Rate
​Economy/Long Term B ​$9/day
​Long Term A $14/day​
​Short Term ​$19/day
​Valet ​$24/day

Pre-security Flight Check-in 
- Use an airline kiosk to print your boarding pass, or print your boarding pass prior to arriving at the airport from your airline’s website. 
- Have your official government photo ID and flight information in hand. 
- Consult your airline regarding changes for checked baggage. 

Luggage (checked and carry-on) 
- Remove old airline tags and barcodes from checked luggage. 
- Log on to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website at before you pack your luggage for a detailed list of what you can and cannot take on an airplane. 
- Use TSA-recognized locks if you choose to lock luggage. Visit for a listing of locks accepted and recognized by the TSA. 
- Pets and carriers must be screened, and passengers should report to their airline ticket counter for further instruction. Keep pets in their travel cases when inside the terminal. This does not apply to service animals. 
- Don’t leave luggage unattended, and label it with your name, address and phone number. 
- When picking up checked bags at baggage claim carousels, always check your bags. BNA will increase security patrols during the holiday travel period.
- Don’t travel with wrapped holiday gifts. Do not carry wrapped gifts in your carry-on baggage. You may be asked to unwrap gifts in order to pass through security checkpoints. 
- Prescription medications, baby formula and milk are allowed in quantities exceeding 3 ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. 
- Place liquids in checked baggage when you can. 
- Weapons need to be declared at the airline ticket counter and can only be carried in checked baggage. 

Security Screening 
- Take note of screening technology. TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening machines at Nashville International Airport use millimeter wave technology that does not involve X-ray. Note that being screened using these new screening machines is optional, however, passengers opting out will be subject to a patdown. TSA recommends removing all items from pockets in addition to accessories such as: wallet, belt, bulky 
jewelry, money, keys and cell phone. 
- Passengers who are subject to a patdown may request a private screening room. 
- Children 12 and under and passengers 75 and older can keep on their shoes during screening. Learn more about TSA regulations at
- Adhere to the liquids, aerosols and gels 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage: 
o Containers of liquid or gel can be no more than 3 ounces. 
o Liquids should be placed in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. 
o Passengers are allowed only 1 plastic bag containing liquids and gels, which should be placed in a screening bin separate of other carry-on luggage. 
- Have your boarding pass and official government photo ID in hand. 
- Be mindful of electronic equipment. If you will be traveling with items such as laptops, portable DVD players and video cameras, remove them from their cases and place them in the TSA-provided plastic bins for screening. 
- Keep track of your valuables as they go through the X-ray machine. 

Inside the Terminal 
- Check flight information display boards often, and listen carefully for flight status updates – particularly if the holding/waiting area at your departure gate is under construction. 
- Visit BNA’s vendors. Check out the local sights, sounds and tastes of Nashville. View a list of shops, restaurants and services at 
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access: Travelers and guests will be able to enjoy 20 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi within the food courts, meeter/greeter waiting areas and select restaurants. 
- Travelers who need more Wi-Fi access time can still purchase Internet access through BOINGO at a cost of $7.95 per day or $9.95 for an unlimited monthly subscription, which can be used at more than 30,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in North America. 

Arts at the Airport 
- View the latest art exhibits. See a complete list of Arts at the Airport exhibits.
- Enjoy live music. The Nashville airport introduces patrons to Music City with live musical performances on four stages throughout the airport. View a schedule of performers and times.

Travelers with Children 
- Children under the age of 18 are not required to have an ID unless traveling overseas. 
- Every person must be screened. Even babies must be individually screened. If your child can walk unassisted, it would be best to have the child walk through the imaging machine independently. 
- Strollers must be examined. All child-related equipment must go through the screening machine or be inspected by a checkpoint screener. 
- Arrange for an escort. If a child is traveling alone, at least one parent or relative may receive a pass from the airline to escort the child to the boarding gate. Call your airline ahead of time to make special arrangements. 
- Get a boarding pass for lap children. Children who do not require a seat on a plane do need a boarding pass. 
- Visit the children’s play areas on Concourses A, B and C. 
- Make arrangements in advance. Provide advance notice to your airline or travel agent if you require assistance, have special needs or have medical concerns. 

Travelers with Special Needs 
- Simplify the process. If you have a medical implant or other device that is likely to set off the AIT machine, bring evidence verifying this condition. 
- Note these permitted items. Mobility aids and assistive devices permitted through the security checkpoint include: wheelchairs, scooters, canes, walkers, crutches, prosthetic devices, body braces, augmentation and communication devices (e.g. Braille note takers, slate and stylus), service animals, and diabetes-related equipment and supplies. 
- TS Cares is a helpline to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. The telephone number is (855) 787-2227 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays.

Travelers 75 and Older
TSA has implemented modified screening procedures for passengers 75 and older as part of its overarching risk-based security methodology. Learn more at Changes are similar to those implemented for passengers 12. Modified screening measures allow passengers 75 and older to:
• Leave on shoes and light jackets through security checkpoints.
• Undergo an additional pass through Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) to clear any anomalies detected during screening.

Picking Up/Dropping Off Travelers 
- Don’t leave vehicles unattended. Curbside access is for vehicles that are actively dropping off or picking up passengers. Vehicles left unattended within 300 feet of the terminal building will be ticketed and towed due to security restrictions. Also, 20 minutes of free parking is available in the Short Term parking lot. 
- Wait for incoming passengers in your car, free, with up-to-the-minute flight information. The cell phone/waiting area, located adjacent to the Long Term A lot, gives drivers a free place to wait to pick up arriving passengers. 
- Come inside. Enjoy the comfort of newly renovated and expanded waiting areas, and enjoy refreshments from pre-security vendors such as Starbucks, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Green Beans Coffee and Hudson News. Rent a movie at the Redbox kiosk on the Baggage Claim Level. 
- Utilize the Military Lounge. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families can enjoy a designated lounge to relax while traveling. The lounge is located on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1). 
- Find out what is going on in Nashville. Print event coupons and tickets using BNA’s entertainment kiosk, located near Starbucks at the Concourse C/D meeter/greeter area. 

For a map of BNA roadways and parking lots, as well as up-to-date information on airport construction, visit and sign up for AIReport, the airport’s newsletter. For questions about parking changes, customers may call (615) 275-1045.​