Classified among the busiest airports in the U.S.A, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport undergoes thorough safety protocols laid out and strictly followed by TSA. These protocols and processes comprise of the conventional methods observed by a majority of domestic and international airports worldwide. Hence all passengers are rigorously required to acquaint themselves with these rules and closely obey them.
TSA advises that passengers be present at their corresponding departure terminals two hours prior to departure and three hours prior to departure for both national and international flights, respectively. They are also required to take off all metal possessions and electronic equipment from their carry-on luggage, where it will go through security scanning in special trays. At the same time, they move through a walk-in body scanner and metal detector.
At the discretion of the TSA in charge, passengers could be patted-down or asked to take off their shoes for further security measures. TSA screenings are done to ensure that passengers safely get to their destinations and also to stop forbidden items from crossing over to the safe side of the airport. However, at AUS, TSA Pre expedited screening permits qualified passengers to proceed with their shoes, belts, overclothe, and more.
Be it on a local or international flight, and all passengers are required to present legal identification. While on a national flight, only a valid national identification card (national ID) will suffice to board a flight. An international flight, on the other hand, requires a valid international passport duly issued by the state for travel purposes.
At almost all security posts (passport control), check-in points, and boarding gates, passengers are required to present their valid international passports and, at times, their national identification cards for further verification. It is important to have your legal documents with you at all times to avoid embarrassments.
At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, there are three checkpoints. During the busiest hours of departure, that is, between 5 a.m. - 8 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., passengers might be faced with more waiting time at security checkpoints. There is checkpoint 1, which is on the far east section of ticketing and there is checkpoint 2 near American Airlines ticket posts, at the center of the terminal. Checkpoint three is at the west end of tickets post. There is a distinct alley for TSA pre-checks and premium passengers, which is open at 3:30 a.m.