TSA & US Customs

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website is (click on following link)

The TSA Information center can be reached at (866) 289-9673  


The City of Palm Springs and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are dedicated to making your travel experience safe and secure. We ask you to take a moment to become familiar with some important security measures. By reviewing them now, you will save time at the airport.  

Acceptable Checkpoint Identification:

Driver licenses and passports are the preferred identification at security checkpoints. The TSA has a (click on the following link) list of all acceptable forms of identification

Starting October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID, passport or other TSA approved document to board a domestic flight.  The California Department of Motor Vehicles began offering REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards on January 22, 2018.  All valid California driver licenses or ID cards can still be used to board a domestic flight until October 1, 2020.  More information on REAL ID is available on the TSA website at the following link: or the California DMV website at this link:

How to Get Through the Line Faster:

Passengers are asked to keep in mind the following advice to help make their trip through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible. (Click on following link) Pack Smart

Liquid Rules: 3-1-1 for Carry-ons:

Liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. Each traveler is allowed one bag in order to limit the total volume of liquids, aerosols and gels. Consolidating products into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear all items. (Click on following link) 3-1-1 for Carry-ons

Pat Downs:

If a passenger cannot or chooses not to be screened by imaging technology or a walk-through metal detector, the passenger will be screened using a thorough pat down procedure instead. A pat down procedure also is used to resolve any alarms of a metal detector or anomalies identified by imaging technology. (Click on following link) More Pat Down Information

Prohibited Items:

What to know before you go: read the TSA’s list of permitted and prohibited items. (Click on following link) Can I bring My?

Traveling with Children:

The TSA is required to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies) before they go through the security checkpoint. (Click on following link) Read these tips on how to make this process go more smoothly.

Passengers 75 and Older:

Passengers 75 and older receive modified screening procedures as part of the TSA's overarching risk-based security methodology. These procedures are similar to screening procedures for passengers 12 and under and improve screening by better focusing resources on passengers who may be more likely to pose a risk. (Click on following link) Passengers 75 and older can:

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions:

TSA has established a program for screening of persons with (click on following link) disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids and devices.

TSA Lost and Found

To inquire about items lost or left behind at the security check point at the Palm Springs International Airport, please send an e-mail to  Appointments are required to retrieve lost items.


TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening initiative available at 133 airports in the United States, including Palm Springs International Airport. 

As part of this Transportation Security Administration program you may receive the benefit of no longer removing the following items at the airport security checkpoint:

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear or jacket
  • Belt

How to enroll ?  Go online and (click on the following link) download the PreCheck application.  You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a valid ID, and pay an $85.00 nonrefundable fee which grants you PreCheck privileges for five years once you are accepted into the program.

After you have applied online, you will receive an email notification to make an appointment at an enrollment center to be fingerprinted.  Click on this link to find the TSA enrollment center nearest you.

After the in-person enrollment is complete, you should receive written notification from the TSA within 30 days.  Exceptional situations may require additional processing time. You can check your status online via the TSA enrollment portal.

Once you are accepted into the PreCheck program, you will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that you will use when making reservations with (click on the following link) participating airlines.

Participants to the U.S. Customs (click on the following link) Global Entry program are automatically eligible for the TSA PreCheck program. Global Entry expedites the Customs process on your way back to the United States when flying internationally. The Global Entry fee is $100.00 and is also valid for five years.


U.S. Customs, I.N.S. and U.S.D.A. services are available at Palm Springs International Airport on a 24-hour basis with only 4 hours advance notification required.

Normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Telephone: (760) 318-3880

If you would like to schedule the inspection of a private or charter aircraft upon arrival at Palm Springs International Airport, please download and fill out the (click on the following link)  Joint FIS Notification Form and fax the completed form to (760) 318-3883.





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