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Security at Will Rogers World Airport means keeping travelers safe

Security at Will Rogers World Airport means keeping travelers safe.  We work together with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide the best air travel security possible.
Knowing security regulations before you leave home can speed your trip through airport passenger screening. The TSA encourages travelers to “know before you go.”  For information about the latest security guidelines, questions about baggage screening, lists of items allowed or prohibited in baggage, visit the Transportation Security Administration's website.
The TSA is responsible for screening every passenger who flies and every bag that boards a plane.  Will Rogers World Airport has two passenger screening checkpoints located on either end of the ticket lobby.            

  • All passengers must pass through one of these screening checkpoints before they can proceed to airline departure gates 
  • At passenger screening locations, TSA security officers will process you and your carry-on bag
  • To proceed through screening, you will need a current government-issued ID and a valid boarding pass for a flight

Prepare for screening:

  • Learn what you can take in a carry-on bag
  • Have liquids and gels in containers of three ounces or less, and have the containers in  a one, quart-sized, zip-top plastic bag
  • Remove the plastic bag from your carry-on bag and put it in a screening bin
  • Remove all objects from your pockets, including non-metal objects like a wallet or a pack of gum.  Place all valuables or small items in your carry-on bag.  This helps keep track of the location of your items.
  • Put laptop computers in a screening bin
  • Remove shoes, jackets and belts and put them in screening bins 


Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT):

Proven to be a highly effective means of detecting dangerous items such as weapons and explosives, the TSA has installed several Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines at Will Rogers World Airport.  The machines are called millimeter wave and use harmless electromagnetic waves to detect items that could be a threat (the energy projected is thousands of times less a cell phone transmission!)  These machines do not display specific images of a passenger’s body, only a generic outline that is the same for everyone.

The millimeter wave technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards.    The screening is safe for all passengers, including children, pregnant women, and individuals with medical implants.  AIT screening is optional; however, if a passenger chooses not to use the machine, they will receive alternative screening, including a physical pat-down.

What to expect
The procedure for using the AIT is simple: a passenger steps into the imaging portal, stands in position for a few seconds while the machine creates an image, then steps out.  Should the machine detect an item concealed under a passenger’s clothing, the machine generates a generic image, similar to a gingerbread man, with a box around the area of concern.  At that point, a TSA officer determines if additional screening is needed.   If the machine detects no anomalies, a green box with the words “OK” appears on the screen.  The entire process is conducted in the presence of the passenger.

There are presently about 600 AIT machines deployed at 140 airports across the country.  More information can be found on the TSA website.

Remember, whether you are arriving or departing from Will Rogers World Airport, all baggage and vehicles are subject to search at any time.
Do not leave bags unattended. Unattended bags will be confiscated and may be destroyed. If you notice an unattended item or suspicious activity, immediately report it to airport personnel.

For more information, visit the Transportation Security Administration Web site