Air Travel Procedures


Even in Santa Barbara Arrive 60 Minutes Early
It is recommended that passengers check-in 60 minutes before flights (90 minutes before international flights). The Airline Terminal opens at 3:45 a.m. so there is no need to arrive at the Terminal prior to that time. Please allow more time if you are traveling during the holidays or peak travel times.

Prohibited Carry-On Items
List of permitted/prohibited items compiled by the Transportation Security Administration.

Transportation Security Administration
TSA Traveler Information
For current carry-on restrictions, see TSA's 311 Carry-on policy.
For how to get through the line faster.

TSA Pre-Check Program

When you travel, you will encounter visible and frequent security checks, including screening passengers and carry-on baggage. Just prior to boarding, passengers will have identification and boarding passes checked again. You will see uniformed law enforcement personnel at the Airline Terminal. In addition, many security procedures occur behind the scenes, such as searching aircraft and cargo. Security screening processes for checked baggage include a combination passenger bag-matching and explosive detection technology.

Baggage check-in
In compliance with U.S. federal government security regulations, bags may only be checked within four hours of departure. Also, for your convenience it is advisable to pack medicines, jewelry and other valuables in your carry-on baggage rather than checking bags containing these items.

Carry-on baggage limits
Carry-on limits for flights within the U.S. and on international flights are now one bag per passenger, along with one personal item (purse, briefcase or laptop, note: backpacks are not considered personal items).

No dangerous objects
In compliance with the US federal government, the airlines do not allow sharp or dangerous objects to be taken beyond airport security checkpoints. This restriction includes knives, cutting tools of any kind, scissors, corkscrews, cigarette lighters, metal nail files, straight edge razors, baseball bats, golf clubs or ski poles. Examples of items that are permitted on flights include walking canes, nail clippers, safety razors, syringes, tweezers and umbrellas.

Effective January 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will no longer allow loose lithium batteries in checked baggage. Learn more

TSA Travel Tips: Reducing Stress When Flying with Children

2017 Tarmac Delay Emergency Contingency Plan 

Airlines Serving SBA
There are 21 daily departures to 7 non-stop airports and one-stops to anywhere in the world you want to fly.

Which airlines fly from the Santa Barbara Airport?
American/USAirways (non-stop service to Phoenix)
Alaska Airlines (non-stop service to Seattle & Portland)
United (non-stop service to Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles)

For more information on these airlines, click on their websites or view the Airlines Page or the Flight Schedule.

Flight Status Reports
Using the Airline name and Flight numbers from the flight schedule you can check the flight status at http://www.flightview.com/. This site is not affiliated with Santa Barbara Airport and we cannot be responsible for any inaccuracy in the information provided on this site.

To further check the status of a particular flight check your Airline.

Your airline via phone and their specific websites are your best source for information regarding departure delays due to local conditions and procedures.