Navigating MSP Airport

Traveling with loved ones who have special needs can be intimidating. Navigating MSP Airport helps ease the anxiety with free, practice runs through the airport. A partnership between the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Fraser, and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), this program allows you to: 

  • Experience TSA security screening procedures
  • Explore the terminal
  • Board a plane and meet a pilot
  • Prepare for takeoff
  • Gather helpful tips and resources

Register online for an upcoming event!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to overwhelming interest in the program, only individuals/families who plan to fly in the near future can participate at this time. If you’re not flying, you will be put on a waitlist. For more information, please contact NavigatingMSP@mspmac.org.

Registering online is quick and easy. You will create an account with your email address. Then, you will register everyone that will be attending with you. (You may use the primary registrant's e-mail address for all attendees.) You will need to provide each attendee's full name as shown on government issued photo ID and date of birth. Register online for an upcoming event!

Upcoming events: 

  • October 1, 2022
  • November 5, 2022
  • December 10, 2022


  • January 7 at 1 pm
  • February 4 at 1 pm
  • March 4 at 1 pm
  • April 1 at 1 pm
  • May 6 at 1 pm
  • June 3 at 1 pm
  • July 8 at 1 pm
  • August 5 at 1 pm
  • September 9 at 1 pm
  • October 7 at 10 am
  • November 4 at 1 pm
  • December 9 at 1 pm

Questions? Contact Shelly Lopez at 612-726-5239 or NavigatingMSP@mspmac.org.

REAL ID Compliance

Minnesota air travelers must obtain a "REAL ID" Minnesota driver's license or identification (ID) card if they want to use one to board a commercial flight in the U.S. after May 3, 2023.

More information about REAL ID can be found on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website.

Please note that a valid U.S. passport, military ID or enhanced ID will continue to be accepted for air travel after the Oct. 1 deadline, regardless of whether an individual has a REAL ID.

Additional Resources

Download MSP Airport's Navigate MSP app - for Androids and iPhones. Interactive content helps you and your family get ready for travel through MSP Airport!

View information from the TSA on traveling with disabilities and medical conditions.


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Our partners at the Autism Society of Minnesota have helped us develop a social narrative for the new travel guidelines at the airport. This guide walks through new protocols at the airport including: masks, social distancing, cleaning procedures, hand sanitizer and more. 

Download Staying Safe at the Airport and travel with confidence!