The Transportation Security Administration’s role is to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage.
Port Columbus partners with the TSA to ensure that we get our passengers from where they’ve been to where they’re going, predictably, on time, and with confidence. When making travel plans, the following tips will help expedite the security screening process:
• Arrive at the airport approximately 1.5 hours before your scheduled flight time. During peak travel times, including holidays, allow 2 hours.
• A government-issued photo ID (federal, state or local) will be required at airline curbside or ticket counter check-in locations. Additionally, upon entering the security checkpoint lanes, the TSA officer will check your ID and boarding pass.
• Ticketed passengers only are permitted beyond the security checkpoints. However, arrangements can be made with airlines for non-travelers accompanying children, the elderly and others needing special assistance to an airline gate.
• Each traveler is limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Each carry-on must be 3-1-1 compliant as described at TSA.gov.
• Prior to passing through the screening equipment as directed by a TSA officer, place jackets and metal objects such as belts, keys and coins in the bins provided, along with shoes and electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones.
• TSA Pre✔™ and other programs such as Global Entry can streamline the security screening process. Available at all Port Columbus checkpoints, TSA Pre✔™ does not require the removal of shoes, belts, light jackets, 3-1-1 bags and laptaps. To apply for the expedited screening program, visit TSA Pre✔™.
More detailed TSA travel tips and security information are available at TSA.gov/traveler-information.
Details on traveling with batteries and hazardous materials are available from the Federal Aviation Administration.