Security at Denver International Airport means keeping travelers safe. We work together with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide the best air travel security possible.
The TSA is responsible for screening every passenger who flies and every bag that is loaded onto an airplane. Denver International Airport has three passenger screening checkpoints – two in Jeppesen Terminal (one north and one south in the atrium on Level 5) and one at the entrance to the pedestrian bridge to A Gates.
- North Security (Colorado Flag) is in operation from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- South Security (USA Flag) is in operation 24 hours a day
- A Gates Security is in operation from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All passengers must pass through one of these screening checkpoints before they can proceed to airline departure gates. At passenger screening locations, TSA security officers will process you and your carry-on bag. To proceed through screening, you will need a current government-issued ID and a valid boarding pass.
Know Before You Go
Knowing security regulations before you leave home can speed your trip through airport passenger screening. The TSA encourages travelers to “know before you go.” Basic things to keep in mind before approaching a screening line:
- Liquids and gels must be in containers of three ounces or less
- Put the containers in one zip-top plastic bag that is one-quart in size
- Remove the plastic bag from your carry-on bag and put it in a screening bin
- Place metal objects, such as coins and keys, in your carry-on bag
- Put laptop computers and other electronic devices in a screening bin
- Remove shoes, jackets and belts and put them in screening bins
For information about the latest security guidelines, questions about baggage screening, and lists of items allowed or prohibited in baggage, visit the Transportation Security Administration Web site.
Remember, whether you are arriving or departing from Denver International Airport, all baggage and vehicles are subject to search at any time.
Do not leave bags unattended. They will be confiscated and may be destroyed. If you notice an unattended item or suspicious activity, immediately report it to airport personnel.
Security Pre-Screening Programs
Denver International Airport offers three programs that are designed to enhance and expedite security screening services at the airport.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global entry members are processed by biometric identification in less than five minutes at kiosks. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports, including Denver International Airport.
Visit the Global Entry Web site for more information and to apply.
TSA Pre✓™ is designed to enhance and expedite security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. Eligible participants include certain frequent flyers invited from participating airlines (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways) as well as members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS) who are U.S. citizens and fly on a participating airline.
At Denver International Airport, the designated TSA Pre✓™ screening lane is located at the South Checkpoint in Jeppesen Terminal. Please look for signage. Through the TSA Pre✓™ vetting process, information is embedded in a barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. Only at this lane TSA will be able to read the barcode to see if a passenger is eligible for expedited screening. Benefits include no longer removing the following items: shoes, 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag from carry-on, laptop from bag, light outerwear/jacket and belt. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
For more information about TSA’s risk-based security initiatives, visit their Web site at www.tsa.gov.
CLEAR offers members speed and predictability through their own premium lanes and travel document verification kiosks at DIA's north and south security screening checkpoints. CLEARlanes are easily identified with a large blue CLEARcube. Members present their CLEARcard to a uniformed CLEAR attendant, verify their identity with their fingerprints or iris image, and then head through to security screening.
For more information, visit the CLEAR Web site at www.clearme.com.
Passenger Care During Irregular Operations
In the event of irregular operations, Denver International Airport assists aviation system partners, such as the airlines, with enhancing their response to customer care. The airport’s Emergency Contingency Plan describes how Denver International Airport will provide assistance for deplaning of passengers providing ramp and terminal space to airlines and ensuring a sterile area for passengers who are awaiting Customs clearance. The goal of the plan is to minimize passenger issues related to tarmac delays during irregular operations.
Emergency Contingency Plan