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Screening Process


Please be prepared to have your shoes, carry-on bags, jackets, pockets, and all personal possessions thoroughly searched by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at airport security checkpoints.

Ticketed passengers must clear airport checks before proceeding to aircraft boarding gates. Nonticketed passengers may not proceed beyond security checks so be preared to part from family and friends before entering the checkpoint. Contact your airline if you are the parent or guardian of a child who will be flying solo; airlines assign escorts for minor children flying alone.

In general, TSA recommends arriving at the airport 60 to 90 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Allow ample time for parking, checking your luggage, obtaining a boarding pass, and longer-than-average wait times during peak travel periods, like Thanksgiving and other holidays.

To make your way through the screening process as quickly as possible, please keep these recommendations in mind.

Be ready
  • Avoid wearing clothing with decorative metal studs and large buckles which will trigger metal detectors in the screening lanes and extend your wait time. Passengers who set off the metal detector alarm while will automatically be checked with an electronic wand and patted down by TSA officers.
  • Nonessential liquids and beverages, including bottled water and soda, are not allowed through security checks. Purchase drinks after clearing security. 3-1-1 for carry-ons
  • If traveling with gifts, wrap at your final destination. TSA officers unwrap gifts for inspection when necessary.
  • Keep undeveloped film in your carry-on bag.
  • Have your government-issued photo ID and boarding pass, receipt for an e-ticket, and/or itinerary generated by an airline or travel agency confirming the purchase of an e-ticket in hand BEFORE you approach the checkpoint entry. Review TSA's ID Requirements for Airport Checkpoints for specifics.
Divest yourself
  • When passing through the security checks, all passengers MUST remove shoes for screening. Wear easy-on, easy-off footwear.
  • Remove jackets and coats, including sports coats, wraps, and windbreakers. Empty pockets of coins, cell phones, and metal objects.
  • Take laptop computers, cameras, camcorders, and similar devices out of their carrying cases. Remove large, chunky metal bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and belts with large buckles.
  • Put your personal items the plastic screening bin(s) provided. Place bins on the conveyor for screening and visual inspection.
  • Once cleared by TSA officers, remove bin(s) from conveyors.
  • Benches are provided for you to reorganize your belongings after going through the security process. Move to the area with tables and benches to sit and put on shoes and reorganize personal items. This helps prevent congestion in the screening lanes.
  • Stop and look before you leave the checkpoint for the boarding gate—be sure you have all your belongings and have emptied everything from your screening bin(s).

These screening procedures are required for the safety and security of all passengers traveling through the airport. Please be patient with screening personnel during this process.

Remember: Never leave bags unattended in an airport. Immediately report unattended bags, luggage, boxes, or containers to security personnel. If unattended bags are discovered, operations cease until they are cleared by security, which causes delays for all passengers..