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Transportation Security Administration

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has instituted standardized screening procedures at airports across the country. The TSA offers specific information to familiarize you with these procedures. The TSA also has provided a comprehensive list of Traveler Tips and Prohibited Items.

The Department of Homeland Security, as needed, will dictate specific measures to augment the Airport's existing security. All travelers should be prepared to adhere to any changes in security or alert levels – Elevated or Imminent.

Specifically, increased levels of alert may initiate any or all of the following measures:

  • Increased uniformed law enforcement presence in public areas
  • Increased patrols of the Airport's perimeter
  • Random inspections of vehicles entering the Airport roadways and parking lots

Details on every security measure cannot be outlined because of confidentiality. Whenever possible, timely information will be shared in order to prepare travelers in advance of their arrival.

Additional Security-Related Tips

  • Arrive Early: Longer lines and wait times may result because of increased security measures. Plan to arrive two (2) hours prior to flight departures. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check with their respective airlines to verify schedules before coming to the Airport.
  • Have ID and Tickets Ready: Ticketed passengers with photo identifications (IDs) will be allowed past security checkpoints to boarding areas. Passengers embarking on ticketless travel must either carry printed proof of their ticket purchases (e.g., a printed itinerary) or check in at the ticket counter.
  • Curb Alert: Curbside parking is not permitted. Unattended curbside vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed. Occupied vehicles at the curb will be asked to circle around unless actively loading or unloading passengers. Check the Parking section of this Web site for additional information on passenger pick-up and drop-off.
  • Stay Informed: Tune into 1690 AM on your radio for security-related travel tips, including check-in updates, lists of banned and permitted items, and other important information. Continue to check this web site for the latest Airport security information.

Local Contacts

Here is a list of the various local agencies and organizations dedicated to helping the San Diego community.

Charter Services/Corporate Aviation

San Diego International Airport is primarily a commercial aviation facility. However, Landmark Aviation exclusively provides a full range of services for corporate aviation, commercial carriers and non-scheduled carriers, from its 11-acre, on-site facility. And the company recently launched new Charter Service, in 2003. For more information, call Landmark at 619.298.7704.

Federal Inspection Services / U.S. Customs

The U.S. Federal Inspection Agencies operating at San Diego International Airport include the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Customs and Border Protection (619) 652-9966 Ext: 100
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 619.557.5063
U.S. Public Health Service 310.215.2365

Fire Department

The San Diego Fire Department also provides airport emergency services. In case of emergency only, dial 9-1-1. For all other matters call Emergency Services at 619.686.8000.

Harbor Police

The San Diego Harbor Police provide continuous patrols of San Diego International Airport responding to various crimes within the airport and aboard aircraft landing and taking off from Lindbergh Field.

Emergency: (619) 686-8000 or (619) 223-1133
Non-Emergency: (619) 686-6272

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