Security procedures for private aircraft charter exist and are in force, but not in the way most air travelers are used to seeing. First, there are no long lines, no need to remove shoes, and it is not necessary to limit the volume of cosmetics one carries. FBOs (“terminals” where private aircraft depart from) are normally relaxed and possess a lounge atmosphere with few passengers. These “terminals” allow passengers to walk out to the waiting aircraft or allow vehicles to park on the ramp adjacent to the aircraft. Passengers board, the luggage is stowed, and the flight departs.
Security takes place during this short phase and consists of identification being checked and verified (either by flight crew or FBO personnel), and any baggage or personal screening can take place as well. Flight crew reserve the right to verify identities and screen baggage at will.
Additionally, flight crew may inspect travel documents such as passports if the flight has an international destination. Customs screenings and inspections occur for all international flights at the arrival airport as well. This consists of a customs officer meeting the flight, inspecting travel documents, and possibly baggage or other cargo.
Flight crew are not exempt from these requirements as their travel documents and luggage are subject to inspection. Private charter, while still subject to security and customs measures, is far better in terms of speed and convenience for both domestic and international travel.