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Tips for Packing and Getting Through TSA Screening Video


Arrive 2 hours before departure time during peak times

Departing passengers are advised to arrive inside the Barbara Jordan terminal at least 2 hours before their flight during peak times and 90 minutes before their flight for all other times. Peak departure travel times are 5 - 8  a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. During these times passengers may encounter longer waits at security checkpoints. The first TSA checkpoint opens daily at 3:30 a.m. All gates are accessible via any of three TSA checkpoints.


  • Call your credit card company so they don’t put a hold on your card while traveling
  • Check your airline's baggage policy
  • ­Take photos of your packed suitcase, inside and out, in case it gets lost
  • Include destination address and cell number on outside luggage tags and on  inside of each bag
  • Wait to wrap gifts, they may need to be opened for inspection (carry-on and checked bags)
  • Prescription medications/medical supplies don't count as carry-on baggage allowance. TSA does not require you to bring your medications in original containers but it is a good idea. You don't have to bring a full bottle on a week-long trip, but having the container could be helpful. Never pack prescription drugs in checked baggage.
  • For more information about the 3-1-1 liquid rule, etc., visit

Before You Go

Language Access Plan

Health & Disease Information

Traveling with Children -more information about traveling with children

Traveling With Pets - more information about traveling with pets

  • Contact your airline about their pet policy
  • Federal & state laws require a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. These certificates must be presented to your airline prior to your flight

Transportation Security Administration Consumer Hotline

To file a complaint call  (866) 289-9673 or e-mail

Travelers w/ Disabilities and Medical Conditions - more information about traveling with disabilities and medical conditions

Language Access Plan - Helping persons with limited English proficiency to have more meaningful access to information and equal opportunity to services offered at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

FAA: Title VI  of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Regulation on Unlawful Discrimination