Get Ahead Of the Line
To ensure passenger safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maintains strict security procedures at our nation’s airport. Here are some tips to help travelers navigate TSA regulations and make your air travel experience as smooth as possible.
Airport Security & Flight Check In
- Review TSA’s Security Procedures for “Getting through the Line Faster“
- TSA PRE Check Guide
- Prepare your 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the airport
- Monitor local broadcasts for announcements of security checkpoint delays at local airports
- Pack all your coats and jackets in your checked baggage when possible
- Do not wrap gifts
- Check-in online
- Check your flight status online
- Wear easy to remove and replace shoes
- Check airline arrival time recommendations and plan to leave adequate time to check baggage and move through security.
FULL DETAILS ~
- Approach the initial security check-point with your government issued identification and paper or electronic boarding pass in hand.
- While waiting for the next available security screener or screening device, remove and place in bins:
- all metal (i.e. belt buckle, coins, eye glasses, etc.)
- plastic, zip-top bag of liquid containers
- items from your pockets, including mobile phone
- laptops from bag and place in separate bin
- shoes (usually required to be placed directly on conveyor belt)
- Do not engage in trash talk about security or do anything else to call attention to yourself – this will only cause delays.
- Remember, if you are selected for an enhanced pat-down, you have the right to request it be done in private
Plan for potentially long lines at check-in counters and airport screening stations.
You must have a picture I.D. such as a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification. Insure that you make your reservation in the exact name that appears on the identification you plan on presenting at the airport. If your name has recently changed and the name on your ticket and your I.D. are different, bring documentation of the change (e.g., a marriage certificate or court order).
The FAA also requires all non-U.S. citizens boarding international flights in the United States to show evidence of admission into the United States. Evidence of admission can consist of visas, I-94, parole letter, admission stamp, alien resident card, etc.
Airport Security Checkpoint = Getting To The Gate
Passengers who do not have baggage to check and already have a boarding pass may proceed directly to the security checkpoint.
To enter the secured area beyond the security screening checkpoint, you must show a valid government-issued picture I.D. and an airline boarding pass. For more information on acceptable identification at TSA checkpoints, see: TSA ID Requirements for Airport Checkpoints
Provisions will be made for parents who need to meet unaccompanied minors, for disabled persons and persons with special needs who need to be accompanied by healthcare assistants or guardians and for medical personnel who need to respond to a medial emergency beyond the check point.
All passengers should check with their airline or airport, or visit the airline or airport web site for additional information. More information can also be found on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site
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