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Accommodations for U.S. Military Personnel

Special Considerations

Thank You for Your Service to Our Country!

We salute and appreciate the sacrifice of all of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. The following are some helpful hints for screening your person, carry-on bags and checked baggage to help you achieve a trouble-free travel experience at the airport.

We provide information for family members who would like to obtain gate passes to accompany or meet loved ones at the gate and in addition provide comprehensive airport security information for severely injured military personnel.

Screening of Military Personnel


When you arrive at the checkpoint, the following tips will assist you in getting through the screening process easily and efficiently:

Packing Tips for Military Personnel

Checked Baggage:

Pack your heavier, denser equipment/personal items at the top of your checked baggage (i.e. helmets, boots and books). Place your clothing and smaller items in the bottom of the bag. This will help TSA screeners re-pack your bag neatly if a physical search is required.

Take all valuables and electronics with you as carry-on items unless they are prohibited items.

If you wish to lock your checked baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.

Transporting Firearms and Ammunition

Transport of Weapons by the Unit

Transport of Weapons by an Individual Soldier

Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts may only be transported in checked baggage. Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited in carry-on baggage. If you have just returned from overseas duty or any assignment where you carried a gun or ammunition, please be sure to double check your belongings, particularly your carry-on bag, to make sure firearms, parts or ammunition are not present.

Sharp Objects and Tools - You may not bring knives and certain tools in your carry-on luggage. Tools greater than seven inches are not permitted as a carry-on and all hammers, drills, saws and crowbars are prohibited regardless of length. Pointed scissors with a blade greater than four inches is also prohibited as a carry-on. Pack these items in your checked luggage. Please sheath or securely wrap any sharp objects in your checked luggage so that it does not injure baggage handlers and security officers.

Hazardous Materials:For a list of hazardous materials that are prohibited from the airplane, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration Web site.

Accommodations for U.S. Military Personnel

Military Family Member Gate Passes

Family members who want to accompany a military service member being deployed to the boarding gate or greet them returning from deployment at the arrival gate may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport.

Interested military family members should contact their air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport for proper local procedures.

Severely Injured Military Personnel

Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center (MSIJSOC) Program

TSA wants to facilitate the screening of injured and wounded service members. To address these specific situations TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop a process so that we have better awareness of when our injured military heroes are traveling through our nation's airports. In early February 2005, TSA was granted permission by DOD to place TSA staff in the newly commissioned Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center Program on a 24-hour, 7-day a week basis.

Here is how the process works:

Persons with Disabilities Security Screening

Learn about the security screening procedures for persons with disabilities.