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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:29 AM - For Immediate Release

Construction at Terminal A TSA Checkpoint Resumes; Passengers Advised to Arrive Early to SMF

Sacramento, Calif. – Passengers flying out of Terminal A at Sacramento International Airport are advised to arrive 2 hours prior to flight departure. Construction in the TSA checkpoint area of Terminal A has resumed, reducing the number of checkpoint lanes from seven to three.

Airlines that depart from Terminal A include American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta and United Airlines. Terminal B TSA operations are not impacted.

Airport Operations and TSA are working together to provide all necessary resources including additional staff and TSA Screening K9s during peak hours.

TSA offers the following tips for travelers:

  • Arrive two hours prior to flight departure if the flight is scheduled to depart before 12 p.m. (noon).  The security checkpoint opens each day at 3:45 a.m.
  • Consider checking your luggage with your airline. Reducing the number of carry-on bags and personal items that need to be screened through the security checkpoint saves time for all travelers.
  • Be prepared for the screening process. Don’t bring prohibited items to security checkpoint. Use TSA’s “Can I Bring?” feature to find out whether an item is allowed in your carry-on luggage or if it needs to be placed in checked luggage. This information is available on TSA’s website ( or you can download the “MyTSA” app for on-the-go travel advice.

SMF reminds everyone to travel safely and take extra precautions when at the airport. Passengers are required to wear a face covering, and to social distance whenever possible throughout their journey. For more information click here.

The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 155 daily nonstop flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 36 destinations. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Department of Airports is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit