TSA Pre✓™ expands to Delta Air Lines and US Airways frequent travelers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

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Local Press Release
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CHICAGO – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre™ operations at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). TSA Pre™ is a passenger pre-screening initiative and at ORD select Delta Air Lines and US Airways frequent flyers 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 traveling domestically. The expansion to Terminal 2 means TSA Pre™ is now available in all of ORD's domestic terminals.

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 2 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre™. TSA Pre™ is now available in 20 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent flyers.

"The continued expansion of TSA Pre™ at O'Hare benefits both passengers and TSA," said ORD Federal Security Director Kathleen Petrowsky. "The vast majority of air travelers present little risk to aviation security. By expediting screening for those we know more about, we can more effectively focus our resources on those we know less 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. Individuals interested in applying for a Trusted Traveler program should visit www.globalentry.gov.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre™ pre-screening 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 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 their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a 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.