TSA Pre✓™ expands to Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyers

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National Press Release
Monday, May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Alaska Airlines as the third air carrier to partner with the agency to offer TSA Pre✓™ benefits to passengers. TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that allows passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Select Alaska Airlines' frequent flyers are now eligible to participate at Portland International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for domestic travel. Alaska Airlines joins American Airlines and Delta Air Lines as current partners with the TSA Pre✓™ initiative.

TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's broader effort to implement intelligence-driven, risk-based security concepts to enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. Since the initiative first launched last fall, more than one million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ security lanes. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 15 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs. TSA will continue to expand TSA Pre✓™ to additional airlines and airports once they are operationally ready.

"The expansion of TSA Pre✓™ to Alaska Airlines is a significant step towards the nationwide deployment of this important security initiative," said Paul Leyh, Director of Aviation for TSA's Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. "The success of screening more than one million passengers to date would not be attained if not for the unparalleled partnership with industry."

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 for a Trusted Traveler program should visit www.globalentry.gov.

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
  • Expansion of TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits to active duty U.S military members.

For more information about TSA's risk-based security initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.