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Fly Healthy. Be Together this Holiday Season.

November 20, 2020

If you are traveling by air this holiday season, you can rest assured that your airport will get you started safely on your journey. Beginning with enhanced cleaning and sanitation, the SDF terminal team has also added plexiglass dividers, floor markers and extra hand sanitization stations. Masks are required in the terminal and to fly aboard all of Louisville’s air carriers. Forget your mask? The airport has you covered. Grab a Fly Louisville mask from our holiday tree on your way to the security checkpoint.

“We are open and ready to welcome holiday travelers,” said Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. “And we are committed to providing the absolute best customer experience possible. For now, that includes extra clean facilities and complimentary face masks,” he added.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which manages the screening checkpoint has also added to their safe travel procedures, including mandated masks, gloves and plexiglass dividers to keep Louisville travelers safe. Passengers are now allowed to bring a 12-ounce container of hand sanitizer through the checkpoint. If you are planning to bring food aboard the plane, TSA has requested that you store it in a clear zip top baggie, aiding in the safe transport of perishable items.

Restaurants and shops at the airport are open and ready to serve. Starbuck’s Evenings, Brighton, Distillery District Marketplace, Finish Line News, Chili’s Bar and Grill, The Local Rustic Market, Coals Artisan Pizza, and the Farmers Market are offering limited hours and takeout style service for holiday travelers. Seating is temporarily suspended inside airport eateries, per Governor Beshear’s recent executive order. Our virtual helpdesk, located near baggage claim, can provide additional assistance to travelers this year.

Here are a few extra tips to help make your flying experience healthy and enjoyable:

  • Check-in online, print or download your boarding pass, and proceed directly to the TSA security to minimize touchpoints. Travelers with larger luggage, however, must check their bag(s) at the ticket counter before going to the checkpoint.
  • Consult your airline regarding luggage restrictions, health guidelines, and flight information.
  • Visit for more information on what flies and what does not.
  • Be sure to bring unwrapped holiday gifts or consider shipping them before you travel (we suggest
  • Verify your flight status prior to departing for the airport at or your airline’s website or mobile app.
  • Arrive sixty to 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority owns and operates the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and Bowman Field. Aviation is an economic powerhouse for the region, generating $10.4 billion in economic impact every year. Six commercial airlines offer nonstop service to 30 nonstop destinations from SDF. The airport is also home to the second busiest cargo hub in North America, the UPS Worldport, moving millions of tons of product annually. Visit to learn more.