The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has instituted increased security measures at all airports nationwide. The TSA has implemented the following procedures.
Check In Procedures
- Arrive early before your departure
Please allow for extra time needed at the airport to comply with the increased security measures. We recommend you arrive at the airport a minimum of 60 minutes before flight departure time. In larger airports during peak travel times, you may wish to allow additional time to proceed through the screening checkpoint.
- The valid identification that you use for travel must match the first, middle (if any), and last names on your boarding pass.
All passengers will be required to present a boarding pass along with a valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport) at the security checkpoint in order to proceed to the departure gate. The full first, middle and last name on the boarding pass and the government issued photo ID must be an exact match. Learn more about the TSA Secure Flight program and identification requirements.
- Access beyond the security checkpoint is restricted
You may proceed to the gate with unaccompanied minors or passengers requiring assistance, or pick up such passengers arriving at the airport, by obtaining a gate pass at the ticket counter. In order to obtain a gate pass, the reservation record must be documented with the customer’s name by a reservationist at the time of booking, indicating a gate pass will be needed. Please allow enough time before departure or arrival to obtain the gate pass.
- Checked baggage requires additional screening
If you plan to check baggage, due to additional TSA screening requirements, we recommend arriving at the airport 60-90 minutes before departure. Baggage checked less than 45 minutes prior to departure in larger airports, or 30 minutes in smaller airports will be marked for Voluntary Separation. Although every effort will be made to get your Voluntary Separated bag on your flight, in the event your baggage does not arrive with you at your destination, AirTran Airways will not assume delivery charges to get your baggage to you. For international flights, passengers and their baggage must be checked 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
- No knives, sharp objects permitted as carry-on
Knives and sharp objects are not allowed in carry-on baggage or past the security checkpoint. Any sharp items you may need in your travels, such as knives, razor-type blades and metal scissors with pointed tips and a cutting edge longer than four inches in length, should be packed in your checked baggage.
Personal items such as knitting needles, nail clippers and tweezers are permitted beyond the security check-point and in carry-on baggage. Customers dependent upon syringe-injected medications are permitted to carry on such items.
AirTran Airways appreciates your cooperation and patience with these security measures. For additional information on air travel security, you may wish to visit the TSA website.