Virgin America becomes the sixth TSA Pre✓™ participating airline
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that Virgin America will begin offering TSA Pre✓™ to individuals with a government issued Known Traveler Number. Starting in June 2013, Virgin America passengers may enter their Known Traveler Number or PASS ID in the Known Traveler Number field during the reservation process or upon check in at the airport ticket counter to be considered for TSA Pre✓™ benefits. Later this year, Virgin America plans to also invite eligible frequent fliers to opt-in to TSA Pre✓™.
“We remain committed to working with our aviation partners to expand the TSA Pre✓™ program, which provides travelers expedited screening and a better travel experience,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “This pre-screening initiative helps TSA focus its resources on those individuals we know less about and strengthens our capabilities to ensure security for travelers when they fly.”
Since October 2011, more than 10 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ lanes at 40 airports, on five participating airlines. TSA Pre✓™ allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, keep their laptops in their cases, and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on.
Passengers that are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines. Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a CBP Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program that are issued a Known Traveler Number qualify to participate. Individuals interested in joining a CBP Trusted Traveler program can learn more by visiting www.cbp.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 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.