TSA & Security

TSA & Security

Cleveland Hopkins is committed to ensuring that all passengers, visitors and employees have a safe and enjoyable environment in which to travel and work. 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is charged with the responsibility of screening all checked baggage, as well as all passengers and carry-on baggage. For information regarding the security screening process, please visit the TSA website. 

Checkpoint hours:

Central Checkpoint Hours: 4:00AM - 10:00PM
South Checkpoint Hours: 4:00AM - 7:15PM
North Checkpoint Hours: As Needed - Closes at 8:15PM


TSA Pre-Check

TSA Pre✓™ allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel. 

How it works:

  • An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.
  • Interested applicants must provide biographic information that includes name, date of birth and address. An applicant will be fingerprinted and will be required to provide valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. An applicant also has the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information. There is a nonrefundable application-processing fee of $85.
  • After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. An applicant also may check status online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ and clicking on “Service Status.” The Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.
  • Once approved as eligible for TSA Pre-Check™, the enrollee must enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations on any of the ten participating airlines.  The KTN can also be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations.  Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.
    • Please make sure the name used when applying for the TSA Pre-Check™ application program matches the name used when booking travel.
    • TSA Pre-Check™ eligibility will be identified with a TSA Pre-Check™ indicator on the boarding pass.

Please note, appointments may only be made for a date within a 45-day window of completing the online application, and if all available appointments are booked in that period, appointments would not be accepted, requiring the applicant to check back for availability. The applicant also may visit an application site as a “walk-in” without an appointment but could experience a longer wait time.

For more information, visit the TSA Pre-Check™ website.

Ready to pre-enroll? Visit the TSA Pre-Check™ application website.



CLEAR is available in the Central Checkpoint for travelers with TSA PreCheck and in the South Checkpoint for those who don’t. Travelers will now be able to use CLEAR to verify their identity with just the tap of a finger or blink of an eye before moving to physical security screening.

CLEAR is changing the way consumers experience the world by transforming the cards in their wallets into a single biometric ID.  Today, more than 3 million CLEAR members enjoy secure and frictionless experiences at airports, sports stadiums and beyond.

The expansion to CLE follows the company’s launch of a new experience enabling members to simultaneously confirm their identity and boarding pass information through a fingerprint or iris scan. 

CLEAR membership is $15 per month with the option to add an additional family member for just $50 per year. Members can also bring their children under 18 with them through the CLEAR lane for free. After a fast, one-time enrollment, members can begin using CLEAR immediately. CLEAR is certified as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). More information can be found on the CLEAR Website: clearme.com



We are now less than a year away from implementation of REAL ID requirements for boarding commercial aircraft. As of May 3, 2023, travelers will need a REAL ID compliant driver's license or an approved alternate form of identification such as a passport, Global Entry card, military ID, TWIC, etc.

On October 1, AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli joined Acting Deputy TSA Administrator Patty Cogswell and officials from aviation groups and state DMVs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for a press conference to publicize the May 3, 2023, deadline for travelers to have a REAL ID-compliant identification to be able to fly within the United States. Click here for the AAAE Airport Alert for more information and video of the recent press conference.

In addition to the press conference, AAAE's Stephanie Gupta sat down with James Gregory, Acting Assistant TSA Administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, for a One on One video about the REAL ID deadline. You can watch their discussion here. The August/September issue of Airport Magazine also included an article on REAL ID penned by DHS' REAL ID office.

AAAE has been proactive in raising concerns about the possible disruption the upcoming REAL ID deadline will have on travelers at airport checkpoints. A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association concluded that a vast majority of Americans do not have or are confused about REAL ID driver's licenses. The same survey concluded that an estimated 78,500 travelers could be turned away from boarding a commercial aircraft on the first day; and more than half a million could be turned away by the end of the first week. In August, TSA began a "soft launch" by having screeners at the Travel Document Checker inform passengers if they did not have a REAL ID and the need for one by October 2021.

Among other actions, AAAE has repeatedly raised awareness about the October 1, 2021, enforcement date and potential impact on airports during meetings on Capitol Hill. AAAE has also joined a collaborative travel industry coalition to develop a set of educational messages and tools to use individually and collectively, with the goal of reaching the millions of travelers who need to get REAL ID-compliant identification before October 1, 2020. And earlier this year, AAAE joined other aviation associations in sending a letter to every state Governor and territory leader to ask for their assistance with REAL ID compliance, marketing and transparency.


Cleveland Airport Security Tips

  • Please arrive 90 minutes prior to your scheduled flight departure time to ensure that you and your bags have enough time to go through the screening process and be transported to the aircraft.
  • During peak travel periods such as holidays, spring break and summer, please consider arriving 2 hours early.  If you have an early morning flight, you may need to arriver even earlier as that is our busiest travel time of the day.
  • Leave all checked baggage unlocked. Security screeners may forcibly unlock locked baggage if it requires inspection.
  • All laptop computers and video cameras must be removed from carry-on bags prior to moving through the screening process.
  • All travelers over the age of 18 need government-issued photo identification—federal, state, or local. If you do not possess any government-issued photo identification, please carry at least two pieces of identification with you—one of which must have been issued by a government authority. You may be asked to show your ID at various locations within the airport, including at check-in, screening, in the gate area, and/or prior to boarding an aircraft.
  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond passenger screening points. If you need to accompany a ticketed passenger past a screening point, you should contact the passenger's airline for instructions.

Additional Safety Information

  • Please maintain continuous control of carry-on baggage, briefcases, purses, and other personal items at all times.
  • Personal items should never be left unattended as they could be subject to tampering or theft.
  • Do not carry or transport any items or baggage for any other person, especially people you do not know.
  • If you notice any unattended baggage, briefcases, purses, or other items, as well as any suspicious activity, please report it to the Airport Unit of the Cleveland Police Department immediately by dialing 6055 on any white courtesy telephone.
  • While at the airport or on airport property, never make jokes about security, including comments about having a bomb or a firearm on your person or in your luggage. Airport personnel are trained to take all such comments as serious threats, and they will immediately report such threats to the Airport Unit of the Cleveland Police Department. Such activity may result in civil and criminal penalties.

Airport Police 

The Airport Unit of the Cleveland Police Department patrols Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. These highly trained officers are permanently assigned to the airport, with offices conveniently located within the terminal. They provide a wide range of law enforcement duties and responsibilities including patrol, investigation, traffic flow management, and control and response to airport emergencies.

To contact the Airport Unit of the Cleveland Police Department from anywhere in the terminal or the parking garage, dial 6055 on any white courtesy telephone. They may also be contacted from any telephone by dialing 216.265.6055