This will be my first time traveling out of the country. We will have a layover of 45 mins in Fort Lauderdale before departing to Cancun. Will we have to go through security again in Fort Lauderdale or just get onto our next flight?

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    "first time traveling out of the country" - I assume the country you are referring to is the United States? So you have a flight from another US city to FLL and then on to Cancun?
    – Midavalo
    Jan 22, 2020 at 21:04
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    Can you edit your question to include some extra information? Are your two flights on the same or separate tickets? Are they the same airline? Do they arrive and depart the same terminal? (I don't know if any of those apply at FLL, but sometimes it can make a difference)
    – Midavalo
    Jan 22, 2020 at 21:09
  • 45 minutes between flights, one international? That's a very, very short time.
    – CarlF
    Jan 23, 2020 at 16:57

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This airport doesn't have an airside pedestrian access, nor airside buses or trams. All transfers between terminals are accomplished by exiting the terminal and taking shuttle buses that run regularly around the airport from one terminal to the next.

EDIT 1-17-21: Michael Hampton's Answer of January 23, 2020, indicates that there is an airside corridor between T3 and T4.

Assuming your first flight has departure from a US airport, whether you'll go through security again at Ft. Lauderdale will depend on what airline(s) you're on, and whether your flights arrive and depart from the same Ft. Lauderdale airport terminal. If you edit your question to provide airline and flight information, a more specific answer can be provided.

TL;DR: If you have to change terminals in Ft. Lauderdale to reach your ongoing flight to Cancun, you'll exit the arriving flight's terminal, shuttle to the departing flight's terminal, then have to go through security again to reach the departing flight.


FLL is in the process of building airside corridors between its four terminals. However, at this time only one of them is complete, that between T3 and T4. The rest are expected to be completed by 2022.

If you stay in the same terminal, or if you are going between T3 and T4, you won't have to clear security again (unless you arrive on an international flight; you always have to go through security again after customs to change planes in this case). Otherwise, you will need to go outside to change terminals using the free shuttle that runs between all four terminals.

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