Tighter security at Sacramento airport increases TSA time
November 8, 2017
• Travelers advised to arrive two hours before their flight
• TSA inspections of carry-ons tightens
Sacramento International Airport is cautioning passengers flying out of Terminal A in the early morning to arrive two hours in advance or new TSA processing procedures could mean missing flights.
Weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. are the most congested.
The TSA security checkpoints open daily at 4 a.m. For flights leaving at or around 5:30 a.m., arriving when the checkpoint opens should allow adequate time for screening, a spokeswoman for the airport says.
The Transportation Security Administration is using what it calls stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at airports nationwide.
Now, these measures are in effect at Sacramento International Airport, the Central Valley’s largest airport.
The new procedures require travelers to place electronics larger than a cell phone in separate bins for X-ray screening. The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Precheck who are using TSA Precheck lanes.
Sacramento International Airport recommends travelers who flying out of Terminal A during peak travel times arrive two hours in advance of departure until at least January 2018.
Airlines using Terminal A:
Delta Air Lines
Delta Connection (SkyWest Airlines)
United Express (SkyWest Airlines)
The security checkpoints at Terminal B have not been as impacted.
Airlines using Terminal B (the “new” terminal)
Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air)
American Eagle (SkyWest Airlines)