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DEN Has Three Security Checkpoints: Bridge, South, and West Security.

Security wait times are estimates and are subject to change at any time. We suggest arriving at DEN no less than two hours before your boarding time.

Bridge Security

Standard

9

min

4:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Level 6 Directions
  • This checkpoint is dedicated to standard screening travelers. TSA PreCheck is not available at this checkpoint.

South Security

Standard

12

min

PreCheck

3

min

Open 24/7
Level 5 Directions
  • This checkpoint is open at all times (24/7)
  • The primary lanes at this checkpoint are dedicated to standard screening travelers.
  • There are a limited number of TSA PreCheck lanes open from 4 a.m.-8:45 p.m. at the backside of the checkpoint (near Bag Claim 7).
  • PreCheck passengers traveling after 8:45 p.m. can receive expedited screening through the standard lanes at this checkpoint.
  • A CLEAR lane is available at this checkpoint for standard screening. CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck MUST utilize the lane provided for CLEAR at the West Security 3 checkpoint.
  • There is a Restricted Access lane at this checkpoint accommodating the following passengers:
    • Premium/Premier Access
    • Accessibility and Functional Needs
    • Military
    • Badged Employees

West

Standard

2

min

PreCheck

1

min

4:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Level 6 Directions
    • Standard screening passengers will enter at West Security 1 (located behind the United check-in counters)
    • The following access is available at West security 2 (north of the United ticket counters)
    • TSA PreCheck passengers will enter at West Security 3 (north of the United ticket counters)
    • Travelers who are CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck will enter at West Security 3 (Please note: CLEAR customers without TSA PreCheck must use South Security.)

The West TSA Checkpoint has new technology, and your screening will be a bit different. Below are some tips for getting through the checkpoint smoothly.

  • Once you enter the checkpoint, you will make your way to one of the available security lanes indicated with a green arrow on the overhead sign
  • You will approach a TSA officer who will check your boarding pass and identification. Optional facial recognition technology is in-use at this checkpoint. The officer will guide you through this process.
  • There are multiple stations where passengers can place their items in bins. Immediately proceed to any open station
  • All items must be placed in a bin for screening including suitcases, backpacks, roller bags and shoes (use multiple bins as needed). Bins will automatically pop-up for use under the conveyor
  • New! Electronics and approved liquids may stay in your carry-on bags, even if you don’t have TSA PreCheck. Remember, the TSA limits for liquids still apply
  • Once your items have been screened and cleared, retrieve your items, leaving the bin on the belt so it can be automatically returned for the next passenger
  • After you have completed screening and collected your belongings, you can make your way down the triple escalator or elevator to catch the train to the gates

Be Security Ready

DEN has three security checkpoint areas in the Terminal to access all airlines gates: Bridge and West security on Level 6, and South security on Level 5

Tips for going through security:

  • Liquids and gels in containers of 3.4oz or less
  • Place your containers in a single one quart zip-top plastic bag before placing in the 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 place in a screening bin
  • All baggage and vehicles are subject to search at any time
  • Do not leave bags unattended as they will be confiscated
  • Report unattended items or suspicious activity immediately to airport personnel
  • TSA prohibits explosive materials, flammable items and other hazardous materials in your checked baggage.

TSA Cares

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for transitioning passengers through the airport’s security checkpoints. Learn more about TSA procedures for people with special needs here or toll free at (855) 787-2227

  • Travelers with disabilities who need to use the TSA Restricted Access lanes at all security checkpoints.
  • For assistance through security, please contact TSA Cares. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
Learn More at TSA Cares

Average Times to Your Gate After Security

Whether you take the train to the gates or walk the Bridge, below are the average walk times to get to your gate after you have passed the security checkpoint. These are estimates only and persons with reduced mobility may experience longer travel times.

From Bridge Security

A

Gates 14-25

Gates 26-32

Gates 34-39

Gates 40-47

Gates 48-53

12 min.

9 min.

6 min.

5 min.

7 min.

*Does not require train ride

B

Gates 7-12

Gates 15-22

Gates 23-29

Gates 32-37

Gates 38-44

Gates 45-52

Gates 53-60

Gates 62-71

15 min.

14 min.

12 min.

10 min.

9 min.

10 min.

13 min.

15 min.

C

Gates 23-31

Gates 32-39

Gates 40-47

Gates 48-54

Gates 55-62

Gates 63-67

15 min.

13 min.

11 min.

13 min.

15 min.

17 min.

From South and West Security

A

Gates 14-25

Gates 26-32

Gates 34-39

Gates 40-47

Gates 48-53

12 min.

9 min.

6 min.

5 min.

7 min.

B

Gates 7-12

Gates 15-22

Gates 23-29

Gates 31-37

Gates 38-44

Gates 45-52

Gates 53-60

Gates 62-71

13 min.

12 min.

10 min.

8 min.

7 min.

8 min.

11 min.

13 min.

C

Gates 23-31

Gates 32-39

Gates 40-47

Gates 48-54

Gates 55-62

Gates 63-67

13 min.

11 min.

9 min.

11 min.

13 min.

15 min.

TSA REAL ID

Real ID will be required starting May 7, 2025.

Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

Learn More about REAL ID

TSA Video Tips

TSA provides travel tips.

TSA Kids: Our Best Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Traveling with Kids

Travel Tip: Security Screening for Infant-Care Items

Travel Tip: Traveling with Large Electronics

Travel Tips: Advanced Imaging Technology

Traveling Tips: Traveling with Firearms

TSA’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule

TSA Cares: Traveling With Medication

Directions

8500 Peña Blvd

Denver, Colorado 80249

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