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TSA to Launch Application Program for TSA Pre✓™

Friday, July 19, 2013

Coming Fall 2013

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it will add a new process allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre✓™ , an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

Previously, to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™, travelers had to opt-in through an airline’s frequent flier program, or be enrolled in one of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs. To date, more than 12 million travelers have already experienced TSA Pre✓™ at 40 airports nationwide, and today’s announcement will expand the availability of this program to a larger portion of traveling U.S. citizens.

Starting later this year, U.S. citizens will be able to apply online and visit an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints.  TSA will start the program at two initial enrollment sites — Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport — with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.

“This initiative will increase the number of U.S. citizens eligible to receive expedited screening, through TSA Pre✓™,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “TSA Pre✓™ enables us to focus on the travelers we know the least about, adding efficiency and effectiveness to the screening process.”

The TSA Pre✓™ application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an anticipated enrollment fee of $85 for a five-year membership.  Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and the opportunity to go through TSA Pre✓™ lanes at security checkpoints at participating airports.

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

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.

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