Before arriving at the Airport, passengers should ensure they have all necessary documents, including a government-issued photo ID such as a valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or a county, state or federal government agency employee ID. Photo ID is required for passengers 18 and older. All international passengers must have a passport.
Passengers should arrive at the Airport at least 2 hours prior to a domestic departure and 3 hours prior to an international departure. Allow extra time for checking in and security screening during peak travel periods. Passengers must obtain boarding passes prior to entering the security checkpoint. Boarding passes and photo ID should be ready for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Liquids and gels in containers larger than 3 ounces are not permitted through the security checkpoint. Liquids and gels in containers of 3 ounces or less must be placed in a 1-quart size clear sealable plastic bag. Clear plastic bags are limited to one per person and must be removed from carry-on luggage and placed in a bin on the X-ray conveyor belt. Exceptions are made for baby formula, prescription medication and some other items. More information on prohibited items in both carry-on and checked baggage can be obtained by visiting the Transportation Security Administration website or by calling the TSA toll-free at 866-289-9673.
To expedite passage through the checkpoint, the TSA offers special lanes for frequent travelers, families, and travelers with special needs. Everyone passing through security screening must remove shoes and outerwear such as coats, jackets, and belts and place them in the plastic bins provided at the checkpoint. Laptops must be removed from briefcases and placed in a single plastic bin.
Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked baggage. Keep batteries and equipment in carry-on bags. Visit the TSA website for more information on traveling with batteries.
Pack undeveloped film in carry-on bags. High-speed and specialty film should be hand inspected at the checkpoint. Screening equipment will not affect digital cameras and electronic image storage cards.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) features TSA Pre✓™ lanes for eligible US Airways, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, and Virgin America passengers at the security checkpoints in Terminals A-East, B, C, and D/E. The checkpoints are operated by the Transportation Security Administration.
TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent travelers of participating airlines and certain members of existing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs eligibility to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel. Service members can use their DoD identification number when making travel reservations, permitting access to TSA Pre✓™ lanes. As of November 15, 2012, Canadian citizens traveling domestically within the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™.Visit TSA Pre✓™ for more information.
In addition, Global Entry kiosks are available in the federal inspection area of Customs Arrivals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection program allows expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers upon arrival in the U.S. For more information, visit www.globalentry.gov
Travelers with disabilities and medical conditions should provide advance notice to their airline or travel agent if they require assistance at the Airport. TSA can only assist passengers with the screening process. If a companion is needed to accompany a passenger through the security checkpoint to their departure gate, check with the airline about obtaining a gate pass for that person before entering the security checkpoint area. Inform the screener about any special equipment or devices and where they are located. This will help the screener during a physical search if one is needed. Make sure all equipment, mobility aids and devices have an identification tag attached. If traveling with a service animal, passengers must assist with the inspection process by controling the animal while the screener conducts the search. More information on travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, prosthetic devices and braces is available at www.tsa.gov.
Checked baggage is subject to hand inspection. The TSA recommends using locks that TSA screeners can open and re-lock instead of breaking the lock. The TSA lists some suggested locks on its website, www.tsa.gov