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Passenger Screening

Security Screening

photo of TSA screening a passengerSince 2001, we have been mandated by law to appropriately screen air travelers to ensure that certain items and persons prohibited from flying don’t board commercial airliners. We are most visibly present through our 43,000 trained and certified Transportation Security Officers stationed at over 450 airports across the country. Combined with over 1,000 credentialed security inspectors, these professionals screen over two million passengers daily and deliver both world-class security and customer service at your airport.

We also lead and support security operations across the spectrum of the nation's transportation systems from mass transit and maritime vessels to our highways. In concert with other federal agencies, we play an active role in national special security events and in ensuring the security of the nation's airspace.

Photo of passenger with his shoes in a bin ready to be screenedYou must pass through our security checkpoints to access your departure gate, where our Security Officers screen you and your carry-on baggage. Become familiar with this process.