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frequently asked questions - security

Below are some commonly asked questions about screening procedures. Information is subject to change. Please contact your airline or the Transportation Security Administration if you have additional questions.

Do I need a passport for domestic air travel starting January 2016?

No. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of scheduling plans for implementing REAL ID enforcement at airports. DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least, 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning.

Until enforcement at the airports begins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards from all states, as well other forms of acceptable identification listed on the TSA website.

Visit the DHS’ website for more information.

Can I pack liquids in my carry-on?

The 3-1-1 rule is still in effect. This means liquid and gels can be brought on board only if you:

  • Package them in containers that have a 3-ounce or smaller capacity
  • Place them in a 1 quart sized zip-top plastic bag
  • Bring only 1 quart-sized bag per traveler

The plastic bag must be taken out of your luggage for screening. For further information about liquids and gels visit:

What size is allowed for carry-on baggage?

The standard carry-on bag size is 45 total inches. To determine your bag's size, measure the width, depth and length and then add those measurements together. Please check with your airline, as they may have stricter carry-on luggage policies. Passengers are generally allowed one piece of carry-on luggage and one smaller item, such as a purse, laptop bag or briefcase.

What if I have an expired identification (ID)?

Visit this page for information about proper identification:

If your ID has expired, please contact your airline. Most airlines will allow renewal paperwork from the respective State in addition to two other forms of ID.

Does my child need identification (ID)?

Children aged 2 to 17 traveling domestically do not need identification. Everyone who flies to locations outside the United States, regardless of age, is required to have a passport. Children under the age of 2, who are sharing a seat with an adult, need to show proof of age.

Visit this page for information about proper identification:

How long does it take to go through security?

Average wait times at MSP vary by time of day and time of year. Busy times of the year include February through April, June through August and major holidays. The morning hours can be especially busy. The average wait time is between 20 and 25 minutes, but can be as long as 50 minutes during especially busy times. Generally, arriving at the airport at least 2 hours prior for domestic flights and 2 1/2 hours for International flights is recommended. Be sure, however, to follow your airline's recommendations, as many have specific cut off times for checking bags.

Can I leave the secured area on my layover?

Yes, you are allowed to leave the secured area on your layover. Remember to bring your boarding pass and identification with you, as you will need those items to re-enter security and be re-screened.

Can someone who does not have a boarding pass meet me at my gate?

The airlines at MSP can issue passes to non-travelers for the purpose of escorting someone to a gate upon departure or meeting someone at a gate upon arrival. These are only issued for specific situations, including:

  • Escorting a minor child traveling unaccompanied 
  • Escorting a person who needs assistance due to a disability and/or medical need
  • Escorting active duty military personnel
You will need to request a pass from a ticket agent from your respective airline at the airport. 

What do I do if I have metal implants? Do I need a note from my doctor?

Please let a security screener know, either in writing or verbally, that you have a metal implant. A note from your doctor is not necessary. You may, however, want to allow extra time for screening, as you may need to undergo a secondary screening process.

I have a pacemaker. What should I do when being screened?

Please let the TSA representative know that you have a pacemaker before being screened.

I use a wheelchair. Should I use a specific security checkpoint?

All security checkpoints, at both terminals, are equipped to screen passengers who use wheelchairs.