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TPA Begins $65M TSA Checkpoint Expansions

Tampa International Airport has announced expansions of both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at Airsides A and E, to address inadequate space for modern security needs.

At Airside A, the passenger boarding level will expand by 20,560 square feet, directly southwest of the existing TSA checkpoint. This expansion will allow for a spacious, naturally lit checkpoint, accommodating seven security screening lanes and nearly four times the pre-security queueing space.

Airside E will see a 19,542-square foot addition built to the south of the shuttle lobby, also boasting seven security screening lanes and ample pre-security, queueing space.

“For the last two decades, we’ve leveraged the original airside designs to their fullest,” said Matthew DeLoatche, TPA senior manager of planning and development. “But now, we’ve reached the point that annual passenger growth, and our commitment to providing the best passenger experience, dictate that these facilities grow as well.”

Boston-based design-build firm Suffolk Construction, in partnership with consulting firm AECOM, will work to enhance circulation, queueing, and screening in both buildings, with work expected to be completed in summer 2025.

The project will cost $65.1 million and is being funded almost entirely with bonds and $525,000 in federal grants.