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TSA Pre✓™ Begins at Boston’s Logan International Airport

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Photo of an airport terminal.BOSTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Logan International Airport (BOS). At BOS, select Delta Air Lines frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate in the initiative and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

TSA Pre✓™ – a passenger prescreening initiative – is part of the agency's larger risk-based security effort that enhances security by focusing resources on travelers considered higher risk or about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 1.4 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. The program is now available at 16 airports for eligible Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines frequent flyers.

"This screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to make risk assessments on passengers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying," said TSA Associate Administrator Doug Hofsass. "As a more intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to passenger screening, TSA Pre✓™ helps us move away from the one-size-fits-all model and allows us to optimize our resources at the checkpoint while improving the passenger experience."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying domestically on participating airlines, as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. BOS has a CBP Enrollment Center in Terminal E. Individuals interested in applying for a CBP Trusted Traveler program should visit www.globalentry.gov.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ prescreening process, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and passengers may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, allowing them to keep their laptop in their cases and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags in their carry-ons.

TSA has expanded TSA Pre✓™ benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports. In addition to TSA Pre✓™, TSA has implemented other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and 75 and older.

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 initiative, visit www.tsa.gov.

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