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McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

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    Jade H.
    "Allow at least an hour and a half before your flight departure y’all"(15 Tips)
    Kathleen A.
    "Excellent, small airport!!"(13 Tips)
    Jim L.
    "The garlic and cheddar biscuits at Ruby Tuesdays are delicious."(12 Tips)
    Serena S.
    "... all over the place, clean, efficent, laid back, good restaurants,..."(10 Tips)
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  • Brett L.
    Brett LocklearAugust 7, 2015
    I travel a great deal and this airport by far is the easiest and quickest one I've used, and yes, I fly into some pretty remote areas. Friendly staff, efficient process makes it a joy to use!
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • P L.
    P LJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the greatest little airports in the country. If you've got time to kill and need a charge? They've got it. Want a rocking chair? Covered. Ruby Tuesday & Sbux. All you need & nice clean b-rooms
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • John D.
    John DinkelFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The entrance to TSA is awesome with the huge water feature and tree. I always stop and enjoy, helps make me feel less rushed.
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • Isabel T.
    Isabel TiptonMarch 21, 2012
    Best airport I've ever been to. Quick, small, extremely clean, and the staff are great. Starbucks just past security. Free wifi and outlets too! Plus, they have an art exhibit to pass the time.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Angela M.heart icon on user image
    Angela MooreAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Shop after you get thur security that way you don't have to pull out and rearrange everything. I love this airport. Very easy to use. Very friendly folks.
  • Jalaal E.
    Jalaal ElasmarMay 12, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    The airport from first glance is very nice, but you can tell that the owners of the airport are penny pinchers. They make you take your bags to be screened in an different area than where you check in
  • Angela J.
    Angela JonesDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Power spot chairs. Great to charge your electronic devices before a flight. A must for all airports.
  • Madison T.
    Madison TurnerOctober 25, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Lee Francis plays live jazz every Tuesday afternoon, a real delight.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • J D.heart icon on user image
    J DJanuary 20, 2019
    Nice, quaint, and welcome airport. It’s just the perfect size. It looks fairly new or newly renovated. It has a Starbucks so everything is complete.
  • Jill B.
    Jill BSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love leaving an hour before my flight with a 30 minute drive & still getting through security with plenty of time to spare. It's small: if you have a delay/cancellation-CALL to get a flight changed!
  • Michiyo N.heart icon on user image
    Michiyo NakashimaJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I've travelled domestically and internationally, and TYS is easily the fastest and friendliest of all airports I've been to.
  • Nisha S.
    Nisha SanjurjoDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    All these previous tips are correct. But for earlier mid week flights the lines can get LONG for security, give yourself a little longer then you would think those mornings.
  • Go T.heart icon on user image
    Go TaxiNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Taking a taxi to or from the airport maybe cheaper than parking your car. (Go Taxi) $2/mile?
  • Dhruv S.heart icon on user image
    Dhruv SahniJanuary 30, 2017
    Really tiny airport. But you know what? That's a good thing! Compact and self sufficient with plenty of plug points and seating. It can get noisy though as all the gates are located in one location
  • Jon M.heart icon on user image
    Jon MayfieldFebruary 5, 2015
    Small airport. If you find yourself with time to kill, hang out by the waterfalls before security. You make your gate in plenty of time.
  • Serena S.
    Serena SimmonsAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Airport! Rocking chairs, loads of plug ins all over the place, clean, efficent, laid back, good restaurants, cool plane side checked bag return, wifi. some other airports could follow TYS lead.
  • Ken J.heart icon on user image
    Ken JonesSeptember 1, 2015
    Friendly agents and staff. Was immediately met with helpful attendants. Great southern service.
  • Bryant T.
    Bryant ThomasJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't miss the gourmet chicken tenders at Ruby Tuesdays. You will most likely be on a plane with Knoxville's most well known celebrity, Tina from Survivor.
  • Heather H.
    Heather H.December 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this airport. It may be small. But. Security is friendly. Comfy rocking chairs. New Starbucks. Relaxing atmosphere.
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon CawoodJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Security lines were longest I've ever seen this morning. Backed up all the way to the escalator. Went smoothly. Folks nice. Southern hospitality. Even given free cup of hot water for tea at Cinnabon.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WrightSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    TSA at McGhee Tyson Airport is amazing. They can move a line that stretches to the front door through security in 15 minutes. Bravo!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MullinsJune 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite airport. Very friendly, courteous, and professional staff to assist you.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WrightOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great airport, clean, easy to get in and out, and usually a quick security line.
  • douglas l.heart icon on user image
    douglas lakeAugust 27, 2013
    If you go to McGhee Tyson check out the gift shop the coffee is great...and the employees are very helpful.
  • T W.heart icon on user image
    T WMay 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    FYI... Yes this airport is small. But if your leaving on a flight between 4:30AM and 7AM.. and think you can make your flight checking in late your going to be in for a shock. Get to the airport ASAP!
  • Cheri J.
    Cheri JohnsonJune 27, 2013
    Always a pleasure being here great people working on this airport make it a great small little airport to go, through
  • Francis R.
    Francis RaveneauMay 7, 2013
    Get your shoes shined at the classic shine right after security: best shoe shine in the country, no joke!
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WilsonJuly 24, 2011
    Usually best to keep the Windows closed and keep your arms and legs inside the aircraft at all times for a more enjoyable experience.
  • Vicky P.
    Vicky PowellSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Such a nice airport to come in and go out of. Fast baggage service and nice people.
  • Shaun C.
    Shaun CassellsMarch 22, 2013
    Free high speed wifi 6 down 4 up. Easy access to bathrooms and power. Nice rocking chairs on the ends.
  • Jan F.heart icon on user image
    Jan FreemanApril 16, 2017
    Small airport, 12 gates. Lots of food choices. Very clean. Nicely remodeled. Check out the Ruby Tuesday's.
  • Ken H.
    Ken HeintzOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Disregard the 10 min security tip. @ 630 am the second line is past the start of the waterfall... Please TSA, open all 3 lines during peak times and implement a status only line.
  • Joe
    JoeAugust 9, 2012
    Friendliest TSA I've seen. Free wi fi and Starbucks just inside the checkpoint. Nice.
  • Samantha I.
    Samantha IsaacsAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love that they have charging spots everywhere!!! Very friendly staff & super clean. w2g tys!
  • Rachel
    RachelSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free so-fin and rows of seats (that face outside) with power strip bars is great.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TankersleyJune 5, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You can usually park really close to the front door of the departures entrance to the terminal. Go into long term parking to the roof, and then drive around to the section near bridge to terminal
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMay 24, 2017
    All the stores and restaurants close at 8:30pm. Plan ahead for later flights or get stuck hungry.
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HughesNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you check in outside at curbside, often they won't weigh your bag. Can save you some $$ if you're it's a little over 50lbs!
  • Shauna E.
    Shauna ElasmarApril 12, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Ruby Tuesday’s food is the best at the airport. Starbucks coffee is the best coffee.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HJanuary 15, 2020
    Convenient, small airport with reasonable flight option. Nice and clean. Could use more dining options.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GriffinOctober 23, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep am eye out for a Serfass. They can often be found at the Ruby Tuesday lounge singing rock ballads.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LeboeufMarch 27, 2012
    Rocking chairs & free wifi = win / everything closes @7pm even with 8:30pm flights on the schedule = fail!
  • Jacques G.
    Jacques GDecember 3, 2019
    Beautiful, friendly, well serviced 12-gate airport for its size.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MuntzNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful, calm, convenient, clean, friendly people - the ideal small airport. Well done.
  • John H.
    John HumanNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's nice to have a good experience in an airport every once and a while. TYS makes me wish all airports were this small.
  • Sloane K.
    Sloane KelleySeptember 11, 2011
    Comfortable seats and outlets at Starbucks. Located in the terminal next to security.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Easy in and easy out...the Express Breakfast at the Ruby Tuesday's there isn't half-bad Read more
  • Hank M.
    Hank MillerMay 12, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Quiznos are hard to come by in East Tennessee. You better get your toasted bread on before you leave.
  • Valerie M.heart icon on user image
    Valerie MayApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the airport. It's not too big but has wifi, restaurants and rocking chairs!
  • Adrian M.heart icon on user image
    Adrian Martínez LaraSeptember 16, 2013
    This airport is superbly operated. No waiting and awesome amenities.
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