Security Procedures and TSA screening at RIC

The Transportation Security Administration, TSA, operates security regulations and has some restrictions regarding the carry-on bags, items, etc. Passengers are required to remove coat, jackets, belt, and shoes, and place in a tray. Also, purse, mobile phone, and other electronic devices or items should be placed in a bin. Electronic devices (e.g., laptops, IPad, Game consolers, etc.) should be placed in a separate container for X-ray screening.

TSA monitors all carried items and checks if there are any prohibited items, such as weapons, knives, explosives, or similar objects.

Legal Documents / Real-ID / Driver’s License

Air travelers can use a passport or driver's license to travel via Richmond International Airport. However, these documents are only allowed until October 1, 2020. From 2020, passengers will be required to present Real-ID compliant driver's licenses, to fly within the U.S.U.S., and to be allowed to enter federal facilities. Real-ID is marked with a star at the top corner of the card, that detects its validity.

TSA Security Checkpoints and Departure Time

The TSA's operating hours for security checkpoints are from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

Passengers at RIC airport need to have ready an airline boarding pass along with government-issued photo-ID, for instance, a driver's license. Without those documents, passengers are not allowed to enter the security screening checkpoints.

RIC recommends traveling public to arrive approximately 90 minutes before the departure during non-peak travel days; and 2 hours before the departure flights in peak travel periods. Most airlines are Richmond airport require that bags be screened about 30-45 minutes before the departure. RIC provides self-service kiosks along with personal customer assistance in the ticket counter area.



General Information about the Departures and Security Procedures at Richmond International Airport.


General Information about Arrivals and Border Crossing Procedures at Richmond International Airport.


Transportation options to get to and from Richmond International Airport.