TSA Information | Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

TSA Information


Being prepared for security screening before you arrive at the airport creates a quick and stress-free travel experience. Plan ahead with useful tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)​.

TSA Pre-Ch​​​eck

Explore the use of the TSA Pre✓™​ Program, which allows low-risk travelers, and now U.S. Armed Forces service members (including the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard), to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel. Expedite your travels!

To learn more, and receive the most up-to-date travel information from TSA, click here​.​​​

TSA Pre-Check Enrollment Center

Location:Terminal 1 Baggage Claim (near Door 1G)
Hours:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Monday - Friday / 7:30 am - 11:30 am/12 pm-4pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed 

Applying for TSA Pre✓® is easy. We encourage applicants to pre-enroll ahead of time.
IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID.

The application process is completed on site where TSA captures fingerprints for a background check and collects the $85 application for five years of service. The fee can be paid ​by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Checkpoint Hours

*Checkpoints are generally open as stated below. Please be advised these hours may be affected by day-to-day airport activities. We recommend that you check with your air carrier regarding operations on the date of your flight.

​​Current estimated wait times are listed below for checkpoints located in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Estimated wait times are not available for Terminal 5 at this time. Current wait times are provided as general guidance, and the TSA recommends that all passengers give themselves ample time to check in with their air carrier and proceed through a security checkpoint.

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TerminalCheckpointOpenClosePre✓™ Open​Pre✓™ CloseWait Time
1CP14:00 am8:30 pm
1CP24:15 am8:30 pm4:00 am8:30 pm
1CP34:00 am6:0​​0 pm
2CP54:00 am8​:30 pm4:15 am7:00 pm
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3CP63:45 am8:00 pm
3CP73:30​ am9:00 pm
3CP7A3:15 am10:00 pm4:15 am7:30 pm

3CP85:00 am7:00 ​​pm5:00 am7:00 pm
3CP95:00 am8:00 pm
​​5CP1024 hours-
​​5CP1112:30 pm
8:30 pm

Known Crewmember Access Points

Access points for Known Crewmembers (KCM) and hours of operation are as follows:

  • Terminal 1: Concourse B, South End Exit, Lower Level; 0445-2200
  • Terminal 2: Exit Lane Checkpoint 4A; 0430-1930
  • Terminal 3: Exit Lane Checkpoint 9; 0430-2200
  • Terminal 5: Concourse M, Exit; 0400 - 2030

Travel Tips

  • Ensure there are no prohibited items in luggage
  • Have valid identification and boarding pass out before arriving at the travel document checker
  • Remove liquids and large electronics, including laptops, from carry-on baggage
  • Remove shoes, outerwear, bulky jewelry and empty pockets while waiting in line place valuable items in a carry-on bag

Check for Prohibited Items
Detection of prohibited items at the checkpoint causes delays in the screening process. Travelers can use the “When I fly can I bring my...” search tool on tsa.gov​. This tool helps passengers check what items are allowed and prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule​
Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in a one quart-size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. Detection of over-sized liquids can cause delays at the checkpoint.

Pack Smart
Passengers can help the screening process by packing their carry-on luggage in an organized manner. This allows our officers to clear your bags quickly and process you through the checkpoint.

TSA Cares for Persons with Disabilities
TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Passengers may call (855) 787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

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