TSA Pre-Check Program
TSA Pre✔® is a pre-screening initiative that allows travelers the ability to move through security checkpoints with greater efficiency and ease when traveling. Dedicated TSA Pre✔® lanes are located in Terminals A, B and C at John Wayne Airport.
The TSA Pre✔® Enrollment Center at John Wayne Airport is located on the Arrival (lower) Level of Terminal C, across from the Airport Information Booth, next to the U.S. Customs exit. While walk-ins may be accommodated, travelers are encouraged to pre-enroll and/or make an appointment online at www.TSA.gov or by contacting the Universal Enrollment Services Call Center at 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) Monday through Friday from 8 am to 10 pm (ET). The on-site Enrollment Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:00 am-11:30 am), and on Saturdays 7 am to 2 pm (closed from 12 pm to 12:30 pm).
For additional information including eligible travelers and participating airlines, please visit the TSA Pre✔® website.
Security Checkpoints and Gate Access
Security checkpoints are located in each Terminal (A, B and C) and you can access any gate from any security checkpoint location. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel operate and are responsible for the security screening process and checked baggage searches. A valid government-issued ID and boarding pass are required to pass through the security checkpoints (accommodations are made for children without ID). If you are meeting a child, elderly, or disabled person requiring assistance at the gate, you must contact your airline in advance to make arrangements for a gate pass.
Be Prepared When Approaching the Checkpoint
To speed up the screening process, have your boarding pass and ID ready for inspection and place any loose items in your carry-on. Take outer garments and shoes off, remove laptop computers from bags and place them in a bin for screening. Do you want to simplify the screening process? Check out the TSA Pre-Check Program.
The TSA uses Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at John Wayne Airport. For more information about AIT including privacy and opt-out information and other frequently asked questions please visit www.tsa.gov.
All carry-on items must be screened at the security checkpoint.
Pack Smart to Get Through Security Faster
Keep baggage organized by layering items; this will increase visibility for the security officers. You are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item – such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case – through security screening and onto the aircraft ("1+1" rule).
Bringing Food or Gift Items Home for the Holidays?
Leave your gifts unwrapped. All gifts are subject to screening (including gifts in checked baggage). View TSA guidelines on traveling with food or gifts.
Traveling with Battery-powered Hobby Items, Toys or Equipment?
View the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rules regarding batteries.
Liquids, Gels, Aerosols, Creams and Pastes (3-1-1 for Carry-ons)
TSA allows you to bring one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag filled with 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller size containers of these items placed in the security bin. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked baggage. Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted in carry-on baggage if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic bag, as the passenger’s other liquids. Larger sizes may be packed in checked baggage.
Declare larger quantity of liquids: The items listed below are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces and are not required to be in a zip-top bag. Passengers are requested to declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Baby formula, breast milk and juice. View more information.
- Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition.
View more detailed information about TSA Permitted and Prohibited Items.
Always Keep an Eye on Your Bags
Never leave your baggage unattended. Do not accept baggage or packages from others you do not know. If you see any unattended baggage or packages report them immediately by calling Airport Police at 2-5000 from a white courtesy phone or 949-252-5000.
Traveling with Children?
Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag; however you must declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Please view the TSA tips for traveling with children to allow for a more stress-free screening process.
TSA Cares Helpline
Travelers with medical conditions and disabilities can call toll-free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling to ask questions about screening policies, procedures and about what to expect at the security checkpoints. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. Pacific Time, and weekends and Holidays 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or may e-mail: TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov. Visit tsa.gov for more information.