Security (TSA) Information

While the Palm Springs International Airport is open twenty-four hours a day, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint opens approximately one and a half hours before the first departure of the day and closes after the last flight of the day departs. TSA recommends passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight to allow time to check in, check bags, and clear security.

Estimated Secuirty Wait Times

Passengers moving through the security checkpoints should anticipate waiting on average for:
less than one minute

TSA Precheck Lanes: Available

Terminal MAIN

  • Main CheckpointOpen

Estimated Wait Times For Today

6 am - 7 am
6 m

7 am - 8 am
10 m

8 am - 9 am
12 m

9 am - 10 am
17 m

10 am - 11 am
13 m

11 am - 12 pm
6 m

12 pm - 1 pm
10 m

1 pm - 2 pm
12 m

2 pm - 3 pm
14 m

3 pm - 4 pm
18 m

4 pm - 5 pm
7 m

5 pm - 6 pm
6 m

6 pm - 7 pm
4 m

7 pm - 8 pm
3 m

8 pm - 9 pm
3 m

9 pm - 10 pm
2 m

10 pm - 11 pm
1 m

11 pm - 12 am
0 m

* Wait times are estimates, subject to change, and may not be indicative of your experience.

Speed up the security process by enrolling in TSA PreCheck! With PreCheck, passengers typically wait in line for less than 5 minutes. Plus, PreCheck travelers can keep on their shoes, light jacket and belt, and won’t need to remove 3-1-1 liquids or laptops from their bags.

CLEAR is an annual membership that gives passengers expedited entry without waiting in line to show an I.D. at airport security. With a CLEAR Pod, you can scan your boarding pass and eyes or fingerprints before being escorted to the front of the security line.

Before Packing

  • Liquids, gels, and aerosols packed in carry-ons must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
    • 3.4 ounces or less per container
    • 1-quart sized Ziploc bag for all liquids
    • 1 bag per passenger
  • Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Use TSA-approved baggage locks.

During Screening

  • Remove the 3-1-1 liquids bag and place it in the bin.
  • Ensure pockets are empty (keys, tissues, currency, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and remove bulky jewelry.
  • Remove your shoes and place them directly on the X-ray belt.
  • Remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag and place them into a separate bin.
  • Remember to collect all belongings after the screening.

More information about the security process can be found on the TSA website.

For details about traveling with medications, breast milk, CPAP machines, and more, visit the TSA website Special Procedures section.

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