The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has instituted several changes intended to protect passengers and employees and to limit physical contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. TSA employees are required to wear a face covering, as are all who enter the terminal at Tucson International Airport (TUS).
To reduce the amount of touching, passengers are asked to secure personal items normally carried in their pockets (phone, wallet, keys, coins, etc.) in the carry-on they put though the X-ray system rather than putting them loosely in a bin.
Otherwise, the following precautions remain in effect at TSA checkpoints:
There are three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at Tucson International Airport; at the entrances to the A, B and C gates. The concourses are not connected post-security so it is important to use the checkpoint for your gate.
Approaching the terminal on the roadway, the C gates are the first you come to, followed by the B gates and then the A gates. Passengers departing on Allegiant enter the C gates checkpoint from the breezeway at that facility. Passengers departing on Alaska, American and Delta enter the B gates at the west end of the departures level of the main terminal. Passengers departing on Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country and United enter the A Gates at the east side of the main terminal.
Checkpoints for the A and B concourses in the main terminal open by 4 a.m. daily, or two hours before the first scheduled flight of the day, and close when the last flight of the night departs. The checkpoint for the C gates is open only when flights are scheduled from that termnal. Security wait times are usually less than 15 minutes except during busy times early in the morning before 8 a.m. and mid-day from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Note: Tucson does not observe Daylight Saving Time and airlines adjust their schedules accordingly. From November until early March when Standard Time is in effect in the United States, the busy times are an hour later.)
Information regarding the checkpoint process can be found at the Transportation Security Administration’s website.
Specially designated lanes at the entrances to both the A gates and B gates 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✓. At times when there are not sufficient passengers, the TSA may close the PreCheck queue and/or screening equipment. At those times, the document checker will direct qualified passengers how to proceed through the screening process. In some cases, the PreCheck equipment may still be used and at other times passengers will go through the regular screening lane and permitted to wear their shoes but will be required to remove laptops and similar devices from carrying cases. TSA PreCheck✓ is not currently available at the C gates checkpoint.
Personnel are prepared to assist passengers using wheelchairs or strollers and their traveling companions, including service animals, through the TSA checkpoints. 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 drivers to leave their vehicles unattended at the curb while assisting passengers into the terminal.