Security check points are located at each of the airport's four airsides. Passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure to allow themselves adequate time for check-in, security screening, and food/beverage or merchandise purchases and be at the gate approximately 30 minutes before scheduled flight departure.
Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the entrances to the shuttles leading to the airsides and gates.
Wait times at the screening checkpoint vary throughout the day. The busiest times usually occur between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., as well as days before and after holidays. Travelers should allow about 20 minutes to clear security during non-peak times and 45 minutes during peak times.
Certain items are not allowed beyond security checkpoints or on an aircraft. For information on restricted items visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov or call TSA toll-free at (866) 289-9673.
You can also contact the TSA for information on acceptable identification, screening of people with disabilities, traveling with prescribed medication, and items missing or damaged at the security checkpoint.
Airlines may issue gate passes that allow one adult to accompany a disabled passenger or minor traveling alone to the gate or meet them upon arrival. Gate passes are available at airline ticket counters.
The Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck program is available at all four Tampa International Airport airsides. The program allows participants to keep their shoes, belts and jackets on and leave their liquids and electronic devices in their bags when going through security.
To participate, go to TSA.gov/precheck and complete an online application. Then schedule an appointment for an interview and fingerprinting at a TSA Precheck Enrollment Center.
There are two TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers at Tampa International Airport. One is located on the Red Side Baggage Claim/Arrivals level across from baggage claim carousel #13. The other is located at Blue Baggage Claim/Arrivials next to carousel #7.
The office is open:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Closed 12-12:30 p.m. for lunch Mon.-Sat.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment.
To apply for Global Entry, you must first fill out the online application and pay a $100 fee. Once U.S. Customs and Border Protection reviews your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center.
The Enrollment Center at Tampa International Airport is located on the Red Side Baggage Claim/Arrivals level and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact the Enrollment Center at (813) 676-4929.
For more information on Global Entry, visit www.cbp.gov/global-entry/how-to-apply.