TSA Pre✓™ begins at LaGuardia Airport: qualified passengers to receive expedited screening

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Local Press Release
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). TSA Pre✓™ is a passenger pre-screening initiative that allows qualified passengers to go through an expedited security process, which among other benefits, allows them to keep their shoes and light-weight jackets on while going through the checkpoint. At LGA, select Delta Air Lines frequent flyers are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 640,000 passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 12 airports for both American Airlines' and Delta Air Lines' frequent flyers.

"It is important to understand that TSA Pre✓™, and risk-based security in general, does not mean less security – it means more focused security," said TSA Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides. "Every passenger will still be screened, and TSA officers will still be looking for prohibited items, including in the TSA Pre✓™ lane. With risk-based security initiatives, we're adjusting the screening procedures for those passengers that we know more about so that we can focus on finding that small fraction who may pose a threat. By doing so, we hope that everyone will have a better security experience."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who are flying on participating airlines as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. TSA recently expanded the initiative to include active duty U.S. Armed Forces service members flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™, information is imbedded in the barcode of the individual's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and passengers may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane to 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 bag.

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 www.tsa.gov.