Security

Checkpoints

Hours are set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and are subject to change. Full body scanners are available at every checkpoint.

T1, A Gates: 4:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Serving Air Canada, Delta, United and charter flights. 

T1, C Gates: 3:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Serving Air Choice One, Alaska, American, Cape Air and Frontier

T2, E Gates: 3:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Serving Southwest and international charter arrivals.

Arrive Early

The TSA advises passengers arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to scheduled boarding time. During peak travel periods, including major holiday travel times, please allow for more time than normal when arriving to the airport.

If you need airport parking, save time and plan ahead by shopping the lot that's right for you at www.SuperParkingLot.com . Real-time parking lot availability, a helpful tool for travelers, is shown on our homepage, as well as on Super Park's site.

Know before you go- and read the information below to help expedite the TSA screening process.

ID Requirements

Passengers age 18 and over must show valid Government-issued identification at the TSA security checkpoints in order to travel.  These include a driver’s license, U.S. Passport, DHS trusted traveler card or U.S. Military ID.   For full list, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.    

For domestic travel, the TSA will accept non-expired Driver’s Licenses from any state through 2017.

Beginning January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by states that are not in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, may not be used to fly within the U.S. At this time, Missouri IDs are not compliant. To find out the status of your state, and to learn more, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-en...

A passport is, and will continue to be required, for all international travel.

Liquids Rule

Travelers are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.

Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that raises alarm during screening will require additional screening.

Prohibited Items

The TSA has a list of items that are prohibited for air travel because of security concerns.  See current list at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/sec...  In the upper right-hand corner, you can type specific items in question, and the TSA  site will populate helpful information.

Traveling with Children

The TSA provides detailed information for parents traveling with children on their website: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/spe...

Helpful topics on their site include:  

  • Screening technology
  • Screening of children's items
  • Screening your child
  • Formula, breast milk and juice
  • Children with medical conditions, disabilities, or mobility aids

TSA PreCheck™

TSA Pre✓™ lets eligible passengers participate in an expedited screening process at participating U.S. Airports. Apply online at https://www.tsa.gov/precheck, then schedule an appointment at a TSA Pre✓™ Enrollment Center.  

Our TSA Pre✓™ enrollment center is located in Terminal 1 on the Ticketing Level (near the MetroLink and Entrance #2). Hours are Monday-Friday 8:am - 12:30 and 1pm - 5pm, Saturday 9am - Noon.

Global Entry

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. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at STL and other airports. More information is available at 

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry.

Our Global Entry enrollment center is located in Terminal 2 and open 8am - 11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Call 314-890-9939 or 314-428-2662.

Airport Police

Emergency Dispatch: 
314-426-8100

Non-Emergency, General Information or Lost & Found: 
314-890-1370

Information for travelers with anxiety, autism, disabilities, fear of flying, or special needs:

We invite travelers to visit the airport ahead of their flight, to be gently introduced to the airport's energy and environment.  Visitors are welcome to walk around freely and explore the upper and lower areas of the Terminals, observing travelers checking in for their flights, dining and shopping, navigating to their concourse, collecting their baggage upon arrival, and going through security screening. Visitors are unable to access concourses and gate areas, as federal regulations permit only tickets passengers beyond the security checkpoints.

TSA Cares is a national helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, anxiety, or other special circumstances, additional assistance during the security screening process.  They can be reached at (855) 787-2227.  Call 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

The TSA also provides on-site Passenger Support Specialists.  Travelers requiring special accommodations, or who are concerned about the security screening process, may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a Passenger Support Specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.

It is always helpful to have open communication with the airline and flight attendants about special needs or fears. We encourage travelers to feel comfortable contacting your airline in advance regarding any questions or concerns.  Once at the airport, it is also helpful to communicate your fears, concerns or special needs with airline staff before departure, or during your flight. Airline staff are trained to deal with all types of passengers, and welcome the opportunity to make travelers feel  more comfortable and assured. 

Wheelchair assistance is provided for free by each airline.  Having a trained personal escort throughout the airport experience can reduce anxiety for the traveler, along with their loved ones.  Please contact your airline in advance for the best accommodation of this service.

Please contact your airline regarding information on traveling with emotional support or service animals.