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TSA Pre✓™ Begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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TSA Press Office
(571) 227-2829

Washington, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the implementation of TSA Pre✓™, the passenger pre-screening initiative, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) – the pilot's seventh location. Select Delta Air Lines frequent flyers traveling out of MSP are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening for domestic travel. Delta will also allow American Airlines participants to use their frequent flyer lane at MSP to access the TSA Pre✓™ lane.

More than 250,000 passengers have been processed through the TSA Pre✓™ vetting process and have received expedited screening. TSA Pre✓™ enhances security by enabling security officers to focus on passengers the agency considers high-risk and knows less about. This screening concept is part of the agency's ongoing initiative to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach and towards a more intelligence-driven, risk-based security approach.

"This effort is one of many significant steps TSA has taken to keep Americans safe and we are stronger and more secure as a result," said TSA Regional Director Joe Taney. "In conjunction with our partners at Minneapolis airport and Delta Air Lines, TSA Pre✓™ will allow the agency to focus its resources for better security and a better travel experience."

Current eligible travelers include those flying on participating airlines as well as members of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, including Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS and are U.S. citizens.

While no individual is guaranteed expedited screening, if TSA determines a passenger qualifies for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ pre-screening process, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA will read the barcode at the checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing the following items:

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • Belt

TSA will continue to expand TSA Pre✓™ to additional airlines and airports once operationally ready. TSA's multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

For more information about TSA's risk-based security initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.