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March 23rd 2021 | Written By Press Release | Share

Spring Break 2021 Travel Guide

Spring Break 2021 Travel Guide

Getting ready to travel for spring break? If this is one of your first trips since the COVID-19 pandemic, things will look a little different at the Ford Airport. We’ve invested to make sure you can stay healthy when you Fly Safe. Fly Ford.

We’re ready – and we can’t wait to see you.

Arrive early

Plan to arrive at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure to allow enough time to park, check in and pass through the TSA security checkpoint. With expanded safety protocols and increased traffic, long lines can be expected – please plan accordingly.

Carry-on baggage cautions

To make the TSA screening process as quick and smooth as possible, familiarize yourself with the TSA's 3-1-1 Rule for all liquids and gels. Are you wondering if you can bring a specific item in your carry-on? Check out TSA’s handy “What Can I Bring?” search tool.

COVID-19 Protocols

Following the guidance of federal, state and county health experts, Ford Airport has established COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our guests, our team and our airline partners. We ask everyone who visits the Ford Airport to abide by these guidelines, which are based on Michigan law and enforced by TSA and Airport staff. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in being asked to leave Airport grounds immediately.

Please note: All guests two and older must wear an approved facial covering at all times while on Airport property and throughout the duration of your flight, per TSA directive.

The Airport has extra sanitation and safety measures designed to keep all guests healthy and provide greater peace of mind while traveling. In addition to wearing a facial covering, you’ll find reminders about staying six-feet apart throughout the terminal. We have free hand sanitizing stations throughout our facility, and you can purchase extra personal protective equipment such as masks and travel-sized hand sanitizer bottles in our vending machines. Additionally, restrooms and high-touch spaces are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Testing

Each airline, state and country has different COVID-19 testing requirements. Depending on your destination, you may be required to present negative test results before boarding your flight. Be sure to check directly with your airline and destination on testing requirements.

Thanks to our partnership with TACKL Health, guests can conveniently receive rapid antigen and PCR COVID-19 tests in our economy lot prior to boarding. The drive-up, no-appointment-needed site is open 4 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes.

We recommend those wishing to utilize TACKL’s services arrive a minimum of three hours before their scheduled departure time.


Due to reduced air travel and COVID-19 testing, parking at the Airport will look different to those who haven’t visited us recently. We have closed our Economy Lot and ask all guests to park either in the North Lot, East Lot, or the Garage. Note that we’ve lowered the North Lot parking fee from $13 a day to $10 a day to match the Economy Lot fee until it reopens.

To learn more about our parking services, please visit


We’re all about helping you enjoy your vacation — which begins with a great airport experience.

Our restaurants and shops are open with some limited hours. Whether you are looking for a cup of coffee to go, a magazine for your flight, a craft beer with a view or a meal before you depart, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our offerings and hours of operations at

Make sure to keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn when we’re giving away treats and gift bags to spring break travelers.

General FAQs COVID-19 FAQs

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