Security

General Security

  • Access to all airlines gates is through three security checkpoint areas:  Terminal Level 5 North, Terminal Level 5 South and at the A Gates pedestrian bridge entrance
  • All baggage and vehicles are subject to search at any time
  • Do not leave bags unattended as they will be confiscated and may be destroyed
  • If you notice an unattended item or suspicious activity, report it immediately to airport personnel

Checkpoint Hours of Operation

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint hours are subject to change based on the TSA's discretion. However, the general hours of operation are:

  • Terminal North TSA checkpoint - 3:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. map
  • Terminal South TSA checkpoint - open 24 hours a day map
  • A Bridge TSA checkpoint - 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. map

Screening of Carry-on Bags

  • Liquids and gels must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less. Place your containers in a single, one-quart zip-top plastic bag
  • Remove the plastic bag from your carry-on bag and put it in a screening bin
  • Place metal objects, such as coins and keys, in your carry-on bag
  • Put laptop computers and other electronic devices in a screening bin
  • Remove shoes, jackets and belts and put them in screening bins

Screening of Checked Bags

  • TSA prohibits explosive materials, flammable items, and other hazardous materials in your checked baggage. For more details, check the TSA website

Expedited Screening Programs

Travelers have three options at DIA with programs that are designed to move you through security screening lines faster. You must sign up with the program administrator in advance.

TSA Pre✓™map

www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

TSA Pre✓™ is designed to enhance and expedite security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. Eligible participants include certain frequent flyers invited from participating airlines (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest, United Airlines and US Airways) as well as members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS) who are U.S. citizens and fly on a participating airline. Denver International Airport has designated TSA Pre✓™ screening lanes located at the North and South security check points.

Through the TSA Pre✓™ vetting process, information is embedded in a barcode on your boarding pass. This information alerts TSA agents that you are eligible for expedited screening. Benefits include no longer having to remove:

  • Your shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag from carry-on
  • Laptops from bag
  • Light outerwear/jackets
  • Belts

NOTE:  The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

CLEAR map

www.clearme.com

CLEAR offers members speed and predictability through their own premium lanes and travel document verification kiosks at DIA's terminal North and Terminal South security screening checkpoints. CLEARlanes are easily identified with a large blue CLEARcube. Members present their CLEARcard to a uniformed CLEAR attendant, verify their identity with their fingerprints or iris image, and then head through to security screening.

  • Liquids and gels must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less and be placed in a single, one-quart zip-top plastic bag
  • Remove the plastic bag from your carry-on bag and put it in a screening bin
  • Place metal objects, such as coins and keys, in your carry-on bag
  • Put laptop computers and other electronic devices in a screening bin
  • Remove shoes, jackets and belts and put them in screening bin

Global Entry

www.globalentry.gov

  • Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States
  • Global Entry members are processed by biometric identification in less than five minutes at kiosks at Denver International Airport
  • Global Entry is intended for frequent international travelers, but there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program
  • The Global Entry application center at DEN is located on level 5 of the Jeppesen Terminal, adjacent to the international arrivals area on the north end of the terminal. The entry door is located just east of the main international arrivials area.

Mobile Passport Control

International passengers entering the United States through Denver International Airport now have access to Mobile Passport, the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival in this country. With Mobile Passport, passengers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion in the customs area, and faster processing.

  • Mobile Passport allows arriving U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to being processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
  • The app does not require pre-approval; it is free to use and does not collect any new information about travelers
  • Travelers who use the app will be prompted to create a profile with their passport information
  • Eight specialized scanning units within the international arrivals area read mobile quick response (QR) codes generated by the app, which provide customs officers with each traveler’s relevant passport and declaration information
  • Upon landing in the United States, travelers will complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, taking a photo of themselves, and answering a series of custom declaration questions
  • Then, using the app, arriving passengers can submit their customs declaration forms to receive an electronic receipt with an encrypted QR code
  • Travelers take their passports and mobile devices with the QR-coded receipts to a customs officer for processing

Follow this link for more information about Mobile Passport.