TSA for Travelers
The TSA security screening checkpoint at Charleston International Airport opens daily at 4 a.m. and closes at 8:30 p.m. with the last scheduled departing flight of the day. The checkpoint may remain open longer if an airline notifies the TSA in advance of a need (such as delays) for extended checkpoint operating hours.
The TSA and airlines recommend passengers arrive at the airport, check in and go through security at least 90 minutes to two (2) hours before scheduled departure. Passenger boarding typically begins 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure. Passengers should be in the boarding area by this time. 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 the TSA Traveler's Guide 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.
Visit the TSA web site at www.tsa.gov/traveler-information.
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
TSA Pre✓™ at CHS
TSA Pre✓™ operating hours at CHS are 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.