Airport Security

Airport Security

Your Safety Is Our Priority

All departing passengers are required by U.S. law to go through a security screening, operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Expedited screening with TSA Pre ✓™ is available at the Concourse B and C checkpoints for eligible travelers.

Find out how to participate in TSA Pre ✓™.

Advances in Security Screening

TSA currently uses Advanced Imaging Technology at Memphis International Airport (MEM) security checkpoints.

Advanced Imaging Technology safely screens passengers – without physical contact – for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. (More info)

Hundreds of passengers are safely and discreetly screened each day. The screening process can be hassle-free with a little advanced planning.

Here’s what you can do:

Before Arriving at Memphis International Airport (MEM)
  • Pack your carry-on bags in an organized manner using layers.
  • Know what items are prohibited from your carry-on bags.
  • Remember, “3-1-1.” Liquids must be in 3-ounce containers and placed in a 1-quart plastic, clear zip-top bag. There is a limit of 1 plastic bag per passenger.
  • Certain types of clothing are more likely to set off the metal detector, such as metal belts, heavy jewelry, clothes with metal snaps, metal hair clips and underwire bras. Dress for success when coming to the airport.
At the Airport
  • Arrive at least 90 minutes ahead of your flight.
  • Make sure you have your airline boarding pass and photo ID ready to show to the TSA official.
  • Remove your coat or jacket and send it through the X-ray machine in a bin.
  • Remove your shoes and send them through the X-ray machine.
  • Laptops should sit alone in a bin to go through the X-ray machine. Do not add other personal items to the bin with your laptop. One laptop per bin.
  • Remove your clear, plastic, zip-top bag containing your liquids and place it in a bin.
  • Remove infants and children from strollers and baby carriers and carry them through the screening. Send strollers and baby carriers through the X-ray machine with your other personal items.
  • If you need wheelchair assistance from the airport entrance to the gate, please contact your airline. If you need additional assistance, please call 901-922-8000.
  • The security checkpoints generally open around 4 a.m. and are turned over to the Airport Police Department at 8:30 p.m.
Passenger Conduct with TSA Officials
  • Please be respectful to TSA officials. Inappropriate jokes, belligerent behavior and threats aren’t kind or tolerated.
  • TSA officials serving Memphis International Airport (MEM) receive thorough safety and sensitivity training. Please cooperate during the screening process to avoid delay.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about airport security, visit the TSA FAQ.

Memphis International Airport Police Department

The Police Department has a unique mission of providing civil aviation security, in a safe secure environment for the users, tenants and fellow employees of the Memphis International Airport; and customer service for our customers.

In order to maintain our professional edge, the Memphis International Airport Police Department is a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.), a national certification program for law enforcement agencies. This is a distinction shared by only 3.3 percent of the law enforcement agencies nationwide. Consequently, maintaining this official recognition confirms that our department must adhere to strict rules and guidelines governing our policies, procedures, practices and processes. Even more, by participation in C.A.L.E.A., the Airport Police Department undergoes a rigorous audit every three years to ensure compliance with all applicable standards.

Click here for our police department annual complaint analysis summary.

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