TSA Security Procedures and Screening at MEM
Under the U.S. law, all departing air travelers are required to go through a security checking and screening, managed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA currently uses 'Advanced Imaging Technology' at MEM airport security checkpoints. This new Technology safely screens all passengers without any physical contact both for metallic or/and non-metallic threats, items such as explosives, weapons, and other similar objects hidden under the layers of clothing.
Important documents / Real ID
The new policy was announced the importance of having Real ID to fly within the United States. The Real ID starts in less than a year, from the beginning of October 1, 2020. According to the new rules, every traveler aged 18 years and older need to show a Real ID-compliant driver's license or state-issued driver's license or other acceptable forms of ID. Real IDs are licenses that can allow its holders to pass through TSA and gain entry to federal buildings in the U.S.
Security Checkpoints and Departure Time at MEM
The Security Checkpoint Service is working from 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Terminal B, while
in Terminal C - from 4 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Boarding starts at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time for domestic flights and international flights - 45 minutes.
Memphis airport recommends all air travelers to arrive at least 90 minutes before the departure time and ensure they have boarding pass and ID with photo to show the TSA agents. Passengers need to ensure that they have enough time to park their vehicles, check luggage, get a boarding pass, and go to the security checkpoint.