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TSA Pre✓™ Begins at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with US Airways

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Press Release

TSA Public Affairs

Photo of an airport terminal.PHOENIX – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Under TSA Pre✓™ U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select US Airways frequent flyers or members of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening. The TSA Pre✓™ line is located at the Terminal 4A security checkpoint.

TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's broader effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 2 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 22 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent flyers.

"TSA is excited to partner with our colleagues at US Airways in offering TSA Pre✓™ benefits to travelers here at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport," said TSA Regional Director Scott Johnson. "Expediting the screening process for lower risk passengers strengthens aviation security for everyone by enabling TSA to focus its resources where they can do the most good."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Individuals interested in applying for a Trusted Traveler program, should visit

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

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