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International Facilities and Federal Inspection Services


As part of the Airport Improvement Program completed in 2011, Terminal C was constructed with six bridged aircraft gates, additional screening checkpoints, a new commuter terminal, three baggage carousels, and - a first at John Wayne Airport (JWA) - facilities to accommodate international arrivals.

Existing Gates 13 and 14 were modified to provide a secure corridor for arriving international passengers to access the new Federal Inspection Services area where customs, immigration and agricultural screening are conducted. Upon completion of the screening process, passengers retrieve their baggage from Baggage Carousel 7. Like Gates 13 and 14, this carousel was designed to be open to the Riley Terminal when used for domestic service or secured when needed for international arrivals. It is important to note, passengers arriving from Canada are “pre-cleared” at their point of origin and are not generally required to be screened upon arrival in the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Screening of international passengers upon arrival into the United States is the responsibility of the federal government, specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

CBP designates airports providing international air service as either a “Port of Entry” or a “User Fee Airport.” The designation is based upon defined operational characteristics including, but not limited to, passenger levels. JWA currently operates as a User Fee Airport, but has formally requested designation as a Port of Entry.

Service to Mexico and Canada

In May 2011, JWA began its nonstop service to and from Canada. In June 2012, JWA began its nonstop service to and from Mexico.

TSA Pre✔® and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry Programs

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and citizens of participating countries who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, i.e. Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI, are eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓® program and may receive expedited screening. Benefits include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, keeping laptops in cases and leaving 3-1-1 compliant liquids in a carry-on bag.

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. The on-site Enrollment Center is open Monday through Friday: 6:30am to 11:00am and 11:30am to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit the TSA Pre✓® website.

Passengers arriving at JWA from Mexico can apply for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program. Global Entry is a program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. JWA has two Global Entry kiosks available for our passengers. Members of Global Entry are automatically participants in TSA Pre✓®.

For more information, contact Deanne Thompson at 949.252.5182 or

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves more than 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at Like us on, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.

Last updated: 08/17/18