WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces are now eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™ at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Eligible passengers enter a separate security lane, and may pass through metal detectors without needing to remove shoes, light outerwear, belts, or remove laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels from their carry-on. Beginning in March 2012, TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to further streamline screening for active duty service members. In addition to IAD and CLT, service members can also participate in TSA Pre✓™ when flying from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
"TSA remains committed to working with our partners across the aviation community to provide travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. "Building on the success of the pilot programs at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International, we look forward to expanding our TSA Pre✓™ screening process to additional airports for active duty service members."
Active duty and active drilling service members can present their Common Access Cards (CAC) to a TSA Officer in front of the TSA Pre✓™ lane, where it will be scanned to determine if they qualify for expedited screening. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to be considered for TSA Pre✓™. IAD passengers will use the designated TSA Pre✓™ checkpoint located in the center of the departures level of the main terminal and at CLT passengers will use Checkpoint B.
TSA uses a CAC card reader and computer connected to a DoD database to verify the service member's active duty status before they are cleared to receive TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits. Additionally at both airports, select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers and CBP Trusted Traveler program members are also eligible to receive expedited screening benefits for domestic travel.
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.