TSA Pre✓™ begins at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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Local Press Release
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HOUSTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre™ operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). At IAH, select United Airlines frequent travelers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when flying domestically.

TSA Pre™ – a passenger prescreening initiative – 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 1.8 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre™. TSA Pre™ is now available in 19 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers.

"The expansion of TSA Pre™ brings the agency closer to a more effective and efficient security system," said Ann Testa, Federal Security Director for George Bush Intercontinental Airport. "As a more intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to passenger screening, TSA Pre™ allows us to optimize our resources at the checkpoint by separating out low-risk individuals and those we can learn more about."

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. IAH has a CBP Enrollment Center on site and individuals interested in applying should visit www.globalentry.gov.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre™ prescreening process, information is imbedded 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 where they will 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 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on.

TSA has expanded TSA Pre™ benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports. In addition to TSA Pre™, TSA has implemented other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and 75 and older.

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.