TSA Pre✓™ expands to Alaska Airlines and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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National Press Release
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations with Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Alaska Airlines is the third airline to begin offering TSA Pre✓™ to select members of their frequent flyer program, in addition to Delta and American Airlines. TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative and allows select passengers to receive expedited screening for domestic travel.

TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's broader effort to implement risk-based security concepts to enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. More than 820,000 passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ security lanes since the initiative began in October, 2011. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 13 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska, American and Delta Air Lines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs.

"The expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to Sea-Tac Airport is noteworthy because our partnership with Alaska Airlines adds another participating carrier to this effort," said Paul Leyh, Director of Aviation for TSA's Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. "Risk-based security and TSA's goal of providing travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way requires including as many passengers, airports and airlines as possible. Today's announcement is yet another step in that direction."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying domestically on participating airlines, as well as members of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. Individuals interested in applying should visit www.globalentry.gov. TSA will continue to expand TSA Pre✓™ to additional airlines and airports once operationally ready.

If TSA determines a passenger qualifies for TSA Pre✓™, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint, and the passenger may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane to undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belt, and allowing laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags to remain inside carry-on baggage.

As part of TSA's broader risk-based security effort, TSA is in the process of testing and implementing several new screening concepts, which include: expedited screening for airline pilots (Known Crew Member), expanded behavior detection techniques, modified screening procedures for travelers 12 and under, evaluating modified screening procedures for travelers 75 and older, and the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits to active duty U.S military members.

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no passenger is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA's multi-layered approach to security consists of more than 20 layers, including behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, baggage screening, 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.