Transportation Security Administration - TSA

The Transportation Security Administration is responsible for checking and screening all air travelers at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Security procedures include carry-on baggage screening, checked baggage screening, pat-down screening, and screening via technology.

Screening Procedures

Passengers need to remove the cloth, such as jackets, coats, shoes, belts, scarfs, etc. Besides, their pockets must be empty. Metal belongings and electronic devices should be placed on a separate tray for X-ray screening.

Passengers are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag for aerosols, gels, liquids, creams, and pastes. But, there are some rules regarding liquids. It is a must to use travel-sized containers no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters). Liquids and similar items should be placed in a small bag and sent for screening.

Meanwhile, the traveling public undergoes screening via millimeter, which is an advanced imaging technology that safely checks passengers. There is no physical contact for metallic threats, such as explosives and weapons, which may be covered under clothing.

If screening technology alarms, a passenger will be required to undergo pat-down procedures to determine whether prohibited items and other threats are concealed.

I.D. Requirements

From the beginning of October 1, 2020, passengers flying throughout the United States, will be required to present a Real ID card. This new act is applied for everyone above 18. Real ID is marked with a star on the top of the card.

However, adults under 18 years are not required to show identification when traveling within the States. But passengers are recommended to contact their airline and make sure if traveling children need to present a birth certificate or other documentation.

Security Checkpoint Schedule

The St. Pete airport Administration and Operations Office are open from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. TSA security checkpoint open hours are variable; Hence, passengers should contact their airline and ask for further information about check-in and checkpoint operating hours.

Check-In / Departure Time

Air travelers departing from PIE airport are encouraged to arrive 2 hours before the departure time for U.S. flights, and 3 hours before for international flights.

Allegiant Airlines Ticketing and Check-in counter are located at Ticketing B area with additional Check-in counter at Ticketing A. Sun Country, and Sunwing airlines Ticketing and Check-in counters are at Ticketing A.

At PIE, there are two departure areas, namely Gates 2-6 and Gates 7-11. For more information, regarding check-in and departure time, passengers are encouraged to contact their airlines, or check flight information via monitors at the airport, to be on time at the boarding gate.