TSA Pre✓™ begins at Portland International Airport

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National Press Release
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Portland International Airport (PDX). TSA Pre✓™ is a passenger pre-screening initiative and select Alaska Airlines' frequent flyers traveling out of PDX are now eligible to receive expedited screening for domestic travel. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines frequent flyers are also eligible to participate out of PDX.

TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than one million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 15 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines frequent flyers.

"With the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to Portland International Airport, we have further extended the reach of our risk-based, intelligence-driven approach to transportation security," said Doug Hofsass, TSA Associate Administrator. "We will continue to partner with airports and airlines across the country to provide travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ pre-screening process, information is embedded in the barcode on the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane for expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, and allow them to keep their laptop in its case and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

As part of the effort to implement additional risk-based security procedures, TSA is in the process of testing several other screening concepts, including a program designed to positively identify airline pilots, the use of expanded behavior detection techniques, modified screening procedures for travelers 75 and older, and providing TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits to U.S Military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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.