Oakland International Airport is the third-largest and busiest airport in the San Francisco bay area, so, naturally, check-in and security procedures are time-consuming. It is recommended to have all legal documents ready before leaving for the airport.


Oakland International Airport recommends passengers arrive for check-in procedures at counter or kiosk at least 90 minutes before domestic departures begin and three hours before international. Travelers 18 and older must have a government-issued photo id and boarding pass with them. There are several convenient check-in options for travelers, such as online check-in, mobile check-in, check-in with the official app, kiosk check-in, and ticket counter. OAK also recommends passengers to check with their airline if online registration is possible. The busiest times are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. To 8 a.m. And from 3 p.m. To 7 p.m., All gates can be accessed from checkpoints in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Security Procedures

TSA conducts most of the security procedures at Oakland International Airport. The airport and TSA urge travelers to thoroughly inspect the luggage and bags for prohibited items before leaving for the airport. Lighters and flammables, weapons, sharp objects are not permitted on the board. You can view the full list of prohibited items on the official TSA website.

TSA might also check your bags during the screening process, so overstuffing them is not recommended as it will cause further delays.