Transport Security Administration highly recommends arriving at FLL airport at least two hours before departure. When it comes to international flights, give yourself no less than 3 hours to work your way through the airport’s various checkpoints.

Security checkpoints at FLL

Fort Lauderdale airport is subject to dull security procedures outlined and adhered to by the TSA. Security measures begin long before your arrival at the airport. TSA reports unattended bags or packages, individuals in possession of a threatening item, persons trying to enter a restricted territory, or similar suspicious activities. TSA checkpoints typically open around 4:30 am.

Security checkpoints' locations in each terminal: Terminal 1 - Central (A, B, C), Terminal 2 - Concourse D, Terminal 3 - Concourse E, F, Terminal 4 - Concourse G.

Standard TSA pre-screening

Standard screening requires removing all items and placing them on the x-ray belt. No need to remove your shoes, laptops, belts, liquids, and light jackets.


FLL airport is using a new technology called Clear, which uses eye and fingerprint scans, to help passengers through initial security lines. The system is available at Terminal 2, where Delta Air Lines and Air Canada are located.

Carry-on baggage screening

TSA screening procedures include carry-on baggage screening in standard lines. You will be asked to remove electronic devices larger than a phone from your carry on bag and place them into a bin for x-ray screening. Common examples of these devices include tablets, laptops, e-readers, and handled game consoles. In most cases, food and snacks can stay inside your carry-on bag. There are special instructions for liquids, gels, baby food, aerosols, and medically necessary items.

Passengers are encouraged to carefully check for prohibited items and follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule, which instructs passengers to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes, limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 millimeters) or less per item. Separating them from the carry-on bag facilitates the screening process. Containers larger than 3.4 ounces are supposed to be placed in the checked baggage.

TSA officers may require travelers to separate items other than electronic devices such as food, powders, and any materials that can hinder clear images on the x-ray machine.

Checked baggage screening

TSA may inspect your baggage after check-in during the screening process. If you lose property, you should contact your airline.

Pat-Down Screening

You may also be required to undergo a pat-down screening if the screening technology alarms. It includes inspection of the head, neck, arms, torso, legs, and feet and includes sensitive areas such as breasts, groin, and buttocks. Pat-downs require sufficient pressure to ensure detection. You’ll receive the inspection by an officer of the same gender. You can request a chair to sit if needed, or private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice.

For the detailed information about the items allowed or prohibited to carry on board, you can visit the official website of the Transport Security Administration:

Legal Identification

All passengers, traveling domestic or international flights, are legally required to present valid identification. For domestic flights, a driver’s license or state-issued ID card might be enough; but by October 1, 2020, every traveler will need to carry an ID card for domestic air travel. Most of the international flights will require passengers to carry a valid passport at security checkpoints, ticket counters, or boarding gates.


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