Security at Will Rogers World Airport



TSA Passenger Screening Checkpoint Hours of Operation:

The TSA Passenger Screening Checkpoint opens daily at 4:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. 

TSA is responsible for screening every passenger and every bag that boards a plane at Will Rogers World Airport. Their vital task is to ensure the safety of every traveler.

Knowing the security rules before you come to the airport can speed your trip through airport passenger screening. For information about the latest security guidelines, baggage screening, lists of items allowed or prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage, visit the Transportation Security Administration's website.

Will Rogers World Airport has one passenger screening checkpoint located near the American Airlines ticket counter on the ticketing level.  To proceed through screening, you will need a current government-issued ID and a valid boarding pass.

Prepare for screening:

Learn what you can take in your carry-on bag prior to packing.  Doing so will help ensure you pass through the checkpoint more quickly.  The TSA website and the My TSA app are two great tools.  Once at the checkpoint you will need to do the following:

  • Have liquids and gels in containers of 3.4 ounces or less.  All 3.4 ounce containers must fit in a one, quart-sized, zip-top plastic bag. This is the 3-1-1 Rule.
  • Remove the zip-top bag from your carry-on and place 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 inside your carry-on bag.
  • Place laptop computers in a screening bin.
  • Remove shoes, jackets, hoodies, sweaters, scarves and belts and put them in screening bins.
  • Follow the TSA officer's instructions.

TSA PreCheck
If are enrolled in the TSA's PreCheck program, you may proceed to the dedicated PreCheck lane.  At the entrance to the line, you will show your boarding pass to the queue monitor.  Once you enter the screening area, you will not have to remove your shoes, laptops, belts, and jackets.  To learn more or apply for PreCheck visit

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 than 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 and may include 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.

Additional Notes:
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 the police or airport personnel.

Remember, whether you are arriving or departing from Will Rogers World Airport, all baggage and vehicles are subject to search at any time.