TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening begins at Nashville International Airport

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Local Press Release
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that TSA Pre✓™ is now available to eligible passengers at Nashville International Airport (BNA). Under TSA Pre✓™ passengers traveling domestically from BNA who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at the Main Checkpoint.

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 higher risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 7.5 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. By the end of March, TSA Pre✓™ will be available in 40 airports for eligible passengers traveling on Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways.

“TSA Pre✓™ helps us move away from a one-size-fits-all security screening model and closer to our goal of providing the most effective security in the most efficient way,” said TSA Acting Federal Security Director Ken Meyer. “By using the information participants provide, it allows us to make an intelligence-driven risk assessment that allows eligible participants to qualify for expedited screening.”

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.  Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Individuals interested in participating can apply by visiting 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 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, 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 Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte Douglas International, Denver International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Honolulu International, Lambert-St. Louis International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Seattle-Tacoma International and Washington Dulles International airports. Other TSA risk-based security measures, in addition to TSA Pre✓™, include 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.