DALLAS – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to checkpoints A-35 and D-30 beginning April 10. 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 outerwear on while going through the checkpoint. At DFW, select American Airlines 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 700,000 passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 12 airports for both American Airlines' and Delta Air Lines' frequent flyers.
"TSA Pre✓™ allows us to expedite the screening process for many passengers without compromising security," said Dr. Cedric Alexander, Federal Security Director for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. "With risk-based security initiatives, we are 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."
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 initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.