Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a busy airport for transfers, both domestically and internationally. Travelers who will have a long layover at Sky Harbor, or who want to leave the airport between flights, often wonder if and where they can store their luggage.
Flights that are continuations on the same airline, or even some connecting flights on different airlines, will check your bags through so you don't have to go to baggage claim in Phoenix and then re-check the bags for your continuation flight.
Checking your bags through to your final destination airport can make your life much easier. First, you will save time making your connection. You won't have to leave the secured area, go to baggage claim, wait for your bag, go back to the ticket counter, stand in line, check your bags again, and go back through security. That could save you more than an hour.
You'll also save a lot of energy by checking your bags through to your final airport destination. You won't have to carry them around, which becomes important if they are bulky, heavy, or if you have to change terminals. When checking your bags at the airport, always make sure that the tag they put on your bag indicates the correct destination.
So, you've checked your bags and now you have a few hours to spend at the airport. Or you have more than a few hours before your next connection, and you'd like to leave the airport but not with all those carry-ons. Is there a place where you can store them at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport? Unfortunately, due to Federal security restrictions imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, Sky Harbor does not offer any type of storage at the airport.
In other countries, you can often find what is referred to as Left Luggage desks or counters where you can check your items, but the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport doesn't have that option. This means that you'll have to carry whatever you brought on the plane with you on your layover. You can plan for that in advance by trying to have all your items checked through with the airline except what you absolutely need for your flight. Hopefully, those will fit in a large purse, backpack or briefcase.
Airline club members or those traveling in Business Class or First Class may have access to the airline's lounge at the Phoenix airport. While lounges do typically store luggage for guests, it is only while the guest is using, and present in, the lounge.