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TSA Pre✓™ Benefits Now Available to Service Members Traveling Through Honolulu International Airport

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces are now eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™ at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). TSA Pre✓™ is available at Checkpoint 3.

TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience when traveling on participating airlines. Eligible passengers enter a separate security lane, and may pass through metal detectors without needing to remove shoes, light outerwear, belts, or remove laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels from their carry-on.

“TSA is eager for this expansion as we recognize that U.S. Armed Forces service members pose minimal risk to aviation,” said TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski. “TSA Pre✓™ operations began in Honolulu on October 23 and now service members will also be able to participate in this initiative.”

Beginning in March 2012, TSA partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to further streamline screening for active duty service members. In addition to HNL, service members can also participate in TSA Pre✓™ when flying out of Charlotte-Douglas International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Seattle-Tacoma International and Washington Dulles International airports.

Active duty and reserve members of the military can present their Common Access Cards (CAC) to a TSA Officer in front of the TSA Pre✓™ lane, where it will be scanned to determine if they qualify for expedited screening. TSA uses a CAC card reader and computer connected to a DoD database to verify the service member’s active duty status before they are cleared to receive TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to be considered for TSA Pre✓™.

In addition to service members, other eligible passengers include select U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of a Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Beginning November 15, Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Individuals interested in participating in a CBP Trusted Traveler program can apply by visiting www.globalentry.gov.

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.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. TSA’s workforce is comprised of approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at www.tsa.gov.

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