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TSA Pre✓™ Begins at Salt Lake City International Airport

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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TSA Press Office
(571) 227-2829

Photo of an airport terminal.WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the implementation of a passenger pre-screening initiative, TSA Pre✓™, at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Select Delta Air Lines' frequent flyers out of SLC are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.

The TSA Pre✓™ initiative enhances security by allowing TSA to focus its efforts on travelers considered to be high-risk and whom the agency knows less about, while expediting the screening experiences for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying.

"Our evaluation of this idea began last fall, and since then more than 350,000 passengers at just seven airports around the country have experienced expedited security screening through TSA Pre✓™ and the feedback we've received is consistently positive," said TSA Assistant Administrator for Security Capabilities Robin Kane. "Enhancing passenger identification efforts through an identity-based pre-screening initiative such as TSA Pre✓™ helps us focus our resources and strengthens our capabilities to keep terrorists off commercial aircraft."

TSA recently announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to 28 of the nation's busiest airports, building on the success of the initiative's seven pilot locations. TSA will continue to implement this screening concept to additional airlines and airports once they are operationally ready.

Eligible passengers include those flying on participating airlines as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS, who are U.S. citizens.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA PreP™ vetting process, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads 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 always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. 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.