WASHINGTON – Starting today at airports nationwide, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will offer expedited screening to severely injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to offering curb to gate service for our nation’s Wounded Warriors, these individuals will also be eligible to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats.
“In recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, we have revised our screening requirements to allow expedited screening for this trusted group of citizens,” said John Halinski, TSA’s Deputy Administrator and 25-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
To be eligible for this service, a Wounded Warrior or traveling companion should call the TSA Cares helpline at 1-855-787-2227, or email TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov, with itinerary information for the traveling party. Traveling companions will receive standard screening.
More than 10,000 veterans – nearly 25 percent of the Transportation Security Officer workforce – serve on TSA’s front line securing our Nation’s transportation sector. Through our Wounded Warrior Screening program, established in 2005, TSA works to make the overall experience for wounded service members as simple and trouble-free as possible.
TSA has long provided expedited screening for all members of our military. At airport checkpoints nationwide, U.S. service personnel in uniform with proper identification, whether traveling on official orders or not, are not required to remove their shoes or boots unless they alarm our technology.
In addition, TSA offers TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening for U.S. Armed Forces service members including reservist and National Guard members at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI), Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), Denver International (DEN), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), Honolulu International (HNL), Lambert-St. Louis International (STL), Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD) airports. TSA also supports the Honor Flight Network, which transports U.S. veterans and their escorts to Washington, D.C. area airports, to visit the war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.
Wounded Warriors may also enroll in TSA Pre✓™, a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who opt-in through a participating airline or enroll in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™.
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 comprises 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.