TSA & Travel Tips

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a full service federal governmental agency designed to handle the screening of all departing passengers at ILM.  TSA was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.  All departing passengers must be screened by TSA before boarding a flight.  For more information about TSA, please visit TSA.gov

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides security screening services for ILM.

For additional security screening information click below:

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A TSA Pre Check Enrollment Center is now open in Wilmington!
Please visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck and click the blue “Pre Enroll” button on the right to begin the process.

The center in Wilmington is located at:
UES Enrollment Center
2632 Carolina Beach Road #4
Wilmington, NC  28412

Please note, the Pre-Check center is by appointment only.  You must first complete the “Pre Enroll” process to obtain an appointment.

Travel Tips

TSA is committed to helping passengers understand the security screening process in order to improve their travel experience. Prior to airport arrival, here is what travelers need to know:

Prohibited Items

For the safety and security of the traveling public, TSA, FAA and airlines prohibit certain items from being brought onto airplanes in carry-on and checked baggage. TSA’s website features a detailed prohibited items list under the traveler information and the “Can I Bring…?” tool found on TSA.gov. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with or poses other security concerns.

TSA Travel Tips

3-1-1 Rule
Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes, in limited quantities, are safe to bring in carry-on baggage and must comply with the following rules:

  • 3.4 ounces or less for liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes.
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold the liquids.
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

Medically required liquids such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces and must be declared to a TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process.

Acceptable IDs

Adult travelers (18 and over) are required to show a valid U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID in order to be allowed to go through the security checkpoint and onto their flight. The N.C. REAL ID will soon make it more convenient for you when you need to board a commercial airplane or visit a military base or other federal facility. Beginning in 2020, federal agencies will enforce tougher security standards at airport check-ins and federal buildings, military installations and nuclear facilities. The N.C. REAL ID is just like your traditional license or ID but has a gold star endorsement at the top. Rather not get a N.C. REAL ID license or ID? You’ll still be able to board flights and enter federal facilities, but you will need to provide your license or ID along with some additional documentation.  You can learn more about the N.C. REAL ID through the DMV.  

“My TSA” Mobile App

“My TSA” is a mobile application that provides helpful information on the go, including which items are allowed in carry-on or checked baggage. There is also information on ID requirements, liquids rules and real-time operating status for U.S. airports from the Federal Aviation Administration plus additional travel tips. To access the mobile web version of “My TSA” on a mobile device, visit tsa.gov/mobile. Native iOS and Android versions of “My TSA” are available on iTunes and Google Play.

TSA Cares and Wounded Warriors

TSA Cares is a helpline designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Travelers may call to ask questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint prior to traveling. In addition, TSA Cares facilitates the screening process for wounded service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program. Travelers may also request a passenger support specialist at the airport.

Screening Technology

TSA uses advanced imaging technology and walk-through metal detectors to screen passengers. Travelers have the option to request a pat-down as an alternative. Whenever possible, the pat-down will be performed by a same-gender officer.

Additional Travel Tips

  • Travelers are encouraged to check carry-on baggage before leaving home to remove prohibited items, such as firearms and knives.
  • When packing, de-clutter and organize carry-on baggage to facilitate screening.
  • Travelers are encouraged to arrive two hours before scheduled departure time.
  • Travelers are encouraged to select their travel attire with security screening in mind.  Excessive jewelry, embellishments, and other metallic accessories may need to be removed.  Also it is recommended to wear slip-on shoes to remove and replace their shoes quickly.
  • Pets must be removed from their carrying cases. The case must be screened through the X-ray machine. A leash will help maintain control of the pet but should be removed when carrying the pet through the metal detector.

Additional information can be found on TSA’s Website.