Raleigh–Durham International Airport subjects several tedious security procedures and screening tips controlled by the Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA), that screens all passengers and luggage issues at RDU.

TSA Security

TSA recommends all the passengers to arrive two hours before their flight to be allowed for parking, check-in, and security screening. Standard screening requires passengers to remove all items, including metal-made belongings, electronic devices, and to place them on the particular bin for X-ray screening. Additionally, TSA uses unpredictable security measures, so sometimes passengers are asked to remove shoes for X-ray screening or other items if necessary.

Legal Identification

Under TSA requirements, all passengers (18 and over) must present valid identification at the checkpoint to be allowed for travel. Different rules work for domestic and international flights. For flights within the United States, passengers can use state-issued I.D. or license for domestic flights. Besides, TSA does not require identification for children under 18 when traveling within the U.S.

Security Checkpoints

TSA has Pre-check lanes in both checkpoints and the Pre-Check enrollment office in Bag Claim at Terminal 2. TSA Checkpoint opens each day at 4.30 a.m. and closes after the last departing flight.

Departure Terminals

Raleigh–Durham International Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 served by Southwest Airlines for domestic flights, boarding gates A1-A9. Terminal 2 hosts international out/inbound flights, home of C (gates C1-C25), and D (gates D1 - D20) boarding gates.

There is two option to go from one terminal to another. RDU offers free shuttle bus service for passengers, mind that the Orange Bus serves passengers from Terminal 2 to 1, whereas the Purple Bus from Terminal 2 to 1. Besides, passengers can take an easy 5-10-minute walk between terminals.


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