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The Security Process
Both the airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommend arriving at the airport 90 minutes before your flight. Please keep in mind that the early morning is the busiest time for flights out of SBP.
Passengers already enrolled in the Pre-Check program may be able to keep shoes and light jackets on.
TSA Issues Security Directive – Masks Required On All Airport Property
As a result of the executive order by the President of the United States, the Transportation Security Administration has issued a Security Directive requiring the use of a face covering/mask for anyone on airport property effective February 1, 2021. This applies to not only the passenger terminal but all other areas of the airport as well, to include publicly accessible parking lots, sidewalks, aircraft parking areas, and hangar areas within the fenced perimeter of the airport. There are few exceptions to this requirement. Persons in violation of this requirement may be removed from airport property, denied boarding of flights and/or incur civil penalties through the Transportation Security Administration. This directive is in effect until January 18, 2022.
Liquid Limits and Prohibited Items
The TSA requires that all passengers follow the 3-1-1 rule regarding liquids: 3 ounces of liquid per container, all containers must fit inside 1 quart-sized bag, 1 bag per person. Liquids greater than 3.4 ounces (100mL) must be in checked luggage. There are exceptions for medications and infant food; for details, visit the TSA Liquids page.
Weapons, food, sporting equipment, smoking devices, and tools all have varying regulations regarding whether they can be in your checked or carry-on luggage. For specific items, visit the TSA Prohibited Items page.
Traveling with Pets
Service animals are welcome at the airport. There is a pet relief area after security in the outdoor courtyard.
For information on flying with your pet, see the different airline policies HERE.
What is REAL ID?
REAL IDs are state driver licenses that comply with new federal security regulations. Those who want to continue to use their driver license or ID card to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities will need a new REAL ID before new federal requirements.
There is no need to rush to the DMV! Until May 3, 2023, a valid California driver license or ID card can be used for federal purposes, including boarding a domestic flight and entering military bases or secure federal facilities. After that date, only a REAL ID card or other federally approved documents will be accepted, such as a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID.
For more information about REAL ID, visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid