Everything You Need To Know


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Please refresh for updated wait times. All concourses and aircraft gates are accessible from any security checkpoint.

Checkpoint C designated for Main Pre✓®.

Additional Security Information

Firearms and dangerous weapons are prohibited by federal law at airport TSA screening checkpoints. Remove firearms from carry-on bags before traveling to the airport.

All security checkpoints at CLT are operated by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Only ticketed passengers are permitted beyond the checkpoints. All concourses and aircraft gates are accessible from any security checkpoint.

For information about security screening, questions or updates, please contact the TSA at 1.866.289.9673, e-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov, on X (formerly Twitter) @askTSA or visit the TSA website.

Security Checkpoint Hours

Checkpoint A: Standard | open intermittently
Checkpoint 1: Standard, Special Assistance | 3:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Checkpoint 1: Pre✓® | open intermittently
Checkpoint C: Main Pre✓® | 3:30 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Checkpoint C: Employee | 3:30 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Checkpoint E: Standard, Special Assistance | 4:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Security Checkpoint Hours are subject to change.

All concourses and aircraft gates are accessible from any security checkpoint.

Passengers are not allowed beyond security checkpoints once all the checkpoints are closed.

TSA Tips

Arrive early. Current security measures increase time needed to check in. When traveling with young children, infants, elderly or disabled passengers, allow for even more time.

Leave mace, pepper spray and firearms at home. Do not pack fireworks, flammable materials, household cleaners, or pressurized containers. Check TSA's Prohibited Items list for more information.

Keep your eyes open for unattended packages and bags, and report them to authorities. Watch your bags and don't accept packages from strangers. Be prepared to answer questions about who packed your bags and whether you might have left them unattended at any time. If you have any doubts, say so.

Do not joke about having a bomb or firearm in your possession. Think before you speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats are not tolerated. They can result in delays and possibly missing flight departures. Airport and local law enforcement may be called as necessary.

Have photo identification and boarding pass available. A valid government-issued photo ID and boarding pass are required for gate access. Check TSA's identification requirements for airport checkpoints.

Passengers without identification (lost, stolen, etc.), will be required to provide a document checking officer with some information to help verify their identity. Please allow additional time since this slows down the screening process and will result in additional screening.

Children are not required to show identification.

If you are meeting a child requiring assistance at the gate, you must contact your airline in advance to make arrangements for a gate pass.

All carry-on items must be screened at security checkpoints. Liquids are allowed in carry-on luggage in accordance with the liquids rule. All liquids must be contained in a bottle 3.4 ounces or less per item and placed inside a one quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. One bag per passenger is allowed. There are exceptions for baby food/formula as well as items needed for special medical purposes.

Additionally, carry-on and checked bags are subject to being hand-searched by security personnel, especially when contents cannot be determined by X-ray.

Note: Ink and toner cartridges more than 16-ounces in weight are now banned from both carry-on and checked baggage.

Do not wrap gifts. Security will open packages that may need to be inspected. Passengers should wait until arriving at their final destination to wrap gifts.

Do not leave cars unattended in front of the terminal. Curbside parking is not allowed, unattended vehicles may be towed.

Expedited Security & Customs Screening

A variety of expedited security screening is available to participating passengers at CLT.

TSA's Pre✓™ program allows for more efficient security screening of eligible passengers at participating airports. This includes certain frequent flyers of participating airlines, members of the TSA Pre✓™ program and participants of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Trusted Traveler program (including Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI).

TSA Pre✓™ lanes can be found at security checkpoints B and D. Visit the TSA Pre✓™ web page for eligibility and enrollment requirements.

Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. For more information about the program, eligibility and how to apply, visit the Global Entry web page.

The Global Entry Enrollment Office is located pre-security in Arrivals/Baggage Claim. Hours are Monday – Friday, 1 - 8 p.m. by appointment only. Walk-ins are currently not accepted.

To reach the enrollment center by phone while in the Airport, use Custom's courtesy phone located outside the Credentialing Office in Arrivals/Baggage Claim.

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) - Coming March 27, 2023
Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is a CBP program that allows eligible travelers to submit their passport and customs declaration information through a free, secure app on their smartphone or other mobile device.

The use of MPC streamlines the traveler’s entry process into the United States by reducing passport control inspection time and overall wait time. Use of MPC is free and does not require pre-approval. Travelers who successfully use the MPC app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk.