The TSA security screening checkpoint at Charleston International Airport opens daily at 4 a.m. and closes at approximately 8 p.m. prior to the last regularly scheduled departing flight of the day. The checkpoint may close earlier or remain open later depending on departing flight schedules. Airlines are responsible for notifying the TSA in advance of a need (such as delays) for extended checkpoint operating hours.
- Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes to two (2) hours before scheduled departure to allow enough time to park, check in and go through security.
- Passenger boarding typically begins 30 to 45 minutes before scheduled departure. Passengers should arrive at their boarding gate prior to this.
- When checking in online, your airline may assume you have already arrived at the airport and that you are at your gate waiting to board your flight.
- Even when your flight is delayed, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport before the scheduled closing of the checkpoint to ensure you don’t miss your flight.
TSA Traveler's Guide
TSA has prepared a wealth of information to help ensure passengers have the answers they need to common security screening questions. For travelers on-the-go, TSA has the "My TSA" mobile application for iOS (iPhone) devices, Android and mobile web users. Here are some other useful resources:
What Can I Bring?
TSA Pre✓™ operating hours at CHS are 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on bag.
The TSA Pre✓™ application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov/tsa-precheck and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
UES Enrollment Center
1954 Ashley River Road
Charleston, S.C. 29407
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday