TSA Pre✓™ is available at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers on participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs to receive expedited screening benefits. This initiative is expanding to airports across the country.

For more information, please visit: www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

Security Checkpoint

The security checkpoint at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is operated by the 
Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Buffalo Niagara International Airport works with the TSA to monitor security line length and tries to keep the wait time less than 15 minutes; however to avoid any problems, we recommend arriving 90 minutes to two hours prior to departure especially during high travel periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter to ensure adequate time for check-in, security screening and travel to your gate.

Body Scanners
The TSA uses Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. For more information about AIT including privacy and opt-out information and other frequently asked questions please visit www.tsa.gov.

Security Protocols
All persons entering the Security Checkpoint will be required to pass through the Magnetometer and luggage screening area. This is to ensure that no person is carrying any type of weapon or explosive device. This procedure is used to ensure the safety of ALL and to discourage and or apprehend those with criminal intention. All patrons are asked to cooperate with the security checkpoint personnel; these employees are here for your benefit and safety. However, if any discrepancy should arise, a Supervisor or Police Officer will be summoned immediately and take the appropriate steps for a final resolution.


  • Security Checkpoint Personnel are instructed to confiscate any and all articles that may impose a threat. For information concerning any articles that you are not sure will be allowed through the Security Checkpoint, contact your airline or the Transit Police Department. Click here for the Transportation Security Administration's list of items prohibited from carry-on bags.
  • Passengers are limited to one carry-on bag and one pocketbook or briefcase.
  • Only immediate pick-up and drop off of passengers is allowed on terminal roadways.
  • Curb-side check-in is available for Southwest Airlines.
  • No unattended vehicles are allowed for regular supply deliveries.
  • No parking within 300 feet of the terminal, except in the Daily/Hourly Garage parking facility.
  • No unticketed passengers will be allowed through the security checkpoint.
  • The level of patrols by uniformed and plain-clothes security and law-enforcement officers has been increased.
  • Patrols have increased in the following areas: Ticket counters, baggage claim areas, baggage make-up areas, screening checkpoints, the aircraft operations area (where passengers are loaded and unloaded.)
  • All passengers are encouraged to check with their airline before coming to the airport.
  • Passengers should arrive at the airport a minimum of two hours before their scheduled departure.
  • The airport is open 24 hours. Please consult your airline to confirm when the security checkpoint will be open on your travel day.
  • Click here for more information on TSA travel tips and restrictions

Transportation of Firearms and Inspection of Checked Luggage

Federal Aviation Administration Regulations requires that: Firearms in checked baggage must be declared and unloaded, passengers failing to declare firearms or transporting loaded firearms are subjected to a civil penalty of $10,000 fine.

Unattended Luggage

All patrons are advised to keep within their possession, all pieces of luggage and carry- on baggage. Any piece of luggage found to be unattended will be confiscated and subject to search by The Transit Authority Police Department. Any patron who observes unattended luggage is urged to contact the Police Department or any airline or NFTA employee.