Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the federal agency responsible for securing U.S. transportation systems. Formed shortly following the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the agency is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The TSA is tasked with the screening of passengers and employees before they enter secured areas of the airport. As the law enforcement authority at MSP, the Airport Police Department works closely with the TSA. The agencies are committed to the deterrence of terrorism and work together to ensure a safe and secure environment for all users of MSP.
The TSA offers a local representative who can be reached at this link: MSPcomments@dhs.gov
At Terminal 1-Lindbergh, TSA operates one International checkpoint (#7) on Concourse G, six checkpoints on the Ticketing Level, and the Skyway Security Checkpoint (#10) on the Concourse Connector.
The Black Diamond, or "expert traveler" lane at MSP is located at Checkpoint 6
At Terminal 2-Humphrey, security checkpoints are located on level 2; Checkpoint 1 is located near the Orange Parking Ramp Skyway and Checkpoint 2 is near the Purple Ramp Skyway.
Security checkpoints open at approximately the same time as the airline ticket counters, with the exception of the employee-only, 24-hour Checkpoint 3, which also is available to passengers after hours. Generally, there are at least two checkpoints open by 4 am.
Skyway Security Checkpoint (#10), carry-on baggage only, is open from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
The TSA has installed several Advanced Imaging Technology machines at MSP Airport. To learn more about this technology, please visit: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers-guide/advanced-imaging-technology-ait
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. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program.
Global Entry is available at Terminals 1 and 2.
For more information:
Phone: (877) 227-5511
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TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening initiative that enhances aviation security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals in order to expedite the travel experience.
It allows passengers to leave their shoes on, keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags, leave laptops in their bag, leave their belt on and continue to wear light outerwear/jacket.
TSA has partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as U.S. air carriers as part of this pre-flight screening initiative. Certain frequent flyers from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and certain members of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS who are U.S. citizens are eligible to participate.
The TSA is also now pre-selecting individuals to participate for individual flights. Be sure to look at your boarding pass to learn whether you are eligible for this expedited screening process. If you are, it will either have "PRECHK" or the TSA's PreCheck logo on it.