The Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at Tucson International Airport usually open at least one hour before the first flight of the day on each concourse and remain open until the last flight of the day departs. In most cases, checkpoint waits are less than 15 minutes except during the busiest times, usually early in the morning before 8 a.m. and mid-day from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. most of the year. (Please note: Tucson and Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time and airlines adjust their schedules accordingly. From November until early March when Standard Time is in effect the busy times are about an hour later.)
Information regarding the checkpoint process can be found at the Transportation Security Administration’s website.
Specially designated lanes on both the A and B Concourses allow passengers who have been qualified through U.S. Department of Homeland Security programs including TSA Pre✓™, Global Entry, SENTRI and active duty military personnel to use expedited screening. Passengers who qualify for this will have it noted on their boarding pass with a reference to TSA Pre✓™. The specially designated lanes are to the left of the regular lanes on both concourses. At times when the TSA Pre✓™ screening equipment is not operational, qualified passengers will go through the regular screening lanes and be permitted to wear their shoes but will be required to remove laptops and similar devices from their carrying cases.
The TSA checkpoints are prepared to assist passengers and their traveling companions with a wheelchair, stroller or service animal. Passengers being dropped off and needing wheelchair assistance should request that assistance when making their airline reservations. Due to security regulations, the airport cannot permit driver’s to leave their vehicles unattended at the curb while assisting passengers into the terminal.