Passenger Security

Overview

TSA has evolved from a one-size-fits-all security screening approach to a risk-based, intelligence-driven strategy designed to improve both security and the passenger experience. This approach permits us to provide expedited screening for trusted travelers while focusing on high-risk and unknown passengers at security checkpoints.

TSA officers may use risk-based security measures to identify, mitigate and resolve potential threats at the Airport security checkpoint. These officers may ask you questions about your identity, itinerary and property, among other things. TSA uses a variety of screening processes, regardless of whether an alarm is triggered. In addition, TSA uses unpredictable security measures throughout the Airport, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

For more information on TSA Security Screening, click here.

Automated Screening Lanes

Navigating through ATL’s Automated Screening Lanes is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Follow the steps below to expedite your travel.

1. At the security screening area, go to one of the five individual stations and retrieve a loading bin from beneath the station. Fill the bin with all of your carry-on items, including roll-aboard luggage. Do not place anything on top of your laptop and remember to remove liquids.

2. Push the bin onto a conveyor belt, which will move it through the X-ray machine. Then proceed to the checkpoint. There’s no need to wait for the person in front of you to finish loading his bin. Each bin has a tracking mechanism.

3. Pick up your belongings on the other side of the X-ray machine. Please stack your empty bin so that it can be automatically returned to the start of the line. If a bin’s contents need additional screening, it will be diverted to an alternate conveyor belt for inspection.

TSA PreCheck

Travelers interested in registering for TSA PreCheck can sign up at one of the Airport’s PreCheck enrollment centers in the Terminal South ticketing area and on Concourse A.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows travelers at security checkpoints to wear personal items — including shoes, light jackets and belts — as well as carry laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their cases or bags.

The ATL enrollment centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The enrollment center located on Concourse A next to Gate A19 is for ticketed and connecting passengers. A second enrollment center is located in the Terminal South ticketing area (pre-security) and is open from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. A ticket or boarding pass is not necessary to visit this location.

Both centers allow walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.

TSA PreCheck lanes are staffed daily at the following locations:

Location Hours of Operation
Main Checkpoint 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Terminal North 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
International Terminal 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Airport guest service representatives are available to direct you to the ATL PreCheck lanes. For more information on TSA PreCheck, click here .

For all TSA related issues, click here.

Global Entry program

The Global Entry program expedites clearance of frequent international air travelers through automated kiosks in the U.S. arrivals area at Hartsfield-Jackson. Fingerprint biometric technology verifies a registered member and confirms status. Global Entry is sponsored by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Participation is voluntary. Only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents with no criminal record are eligible to apply. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

To sign up, or for more information, visit http://www.globalentry.gov