TSA & Security

Des Moines International Airport’s top priority is safety.  We are committed to ensuring all travelers and visitors are not only safe but have a pleasant experience traveling through the terminal.

With safety as the top priority, the FAA Administrator has ordered the agency to take strong action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight.  Please act respectfully while at the airport and on the aircraft. 

The Transportation Security Administration offers guidance on its website to help you move through the screening process.  Please visit their website for complete security procedures and information on items you are allowed to take through the security checkpoint.  Passengers with disabilities and medical questions may call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227.  Click here for information on TSA PreCheck™ and Global Entry. 


Couple going through TSA security at Des Moines International Airport


 ID Requirements

A photo ID is required for confirmation of all boarding passes for travelers 18 years and over. To prove your identity, either a valid driver’s license or a government identification card that includes a photo or a physical description is adequate. A U.S. passport is the best proof of U.S. citizenship. Other documents to prove U.S. citizenship include an expired U.S. passport, a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate, a Certificate of Naturalization, a Certificate of Citizenship, or a Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. Children traveling with their parents or legal guardian do NOT have to show identification. People under 18 do not need identification.

 Security Checkpoint

Only ticketed passengers can pass through Security Screening. All carry-on bags or packages are passed through x-ray machines. There will be a visual inspection of all carry-on bags and packages.

The Security Screening Checkpoint opens at 3:45 am until the last regularly scheduled flight departs. For all delays, TSA works with the applicable airline to determine the length of time security screening services will be needed. In all situations, it is recommended that passengers arrive 90 minutes to 2 hours before departure for all flights, on time, and delayed.


Quick Security Tips:

  • While at the airport, never leave your bags unattended. 
  • Do not leave your vehicle parked unattended in front of the terminal building or you may be ticketed.  The curb is designed for the quick drop off and pick up of passengers only. 
  • The cell phone lot is reserved for individuals waiting to pick up guests.  We also offer 20 minutes of free parking in the hourly lot to accommodate travelers.