WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that TSA Pre✓™ operations begin today at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) for active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces. Service members are now eligible to receive expedited screening benefits in addition to select frequent flyers and members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program when traveling out of SEA.
The TSA Pre✓™ initiative enhances aviation security by enabling TSA to focus on passengers the agency knows less about and those considered high-risk, while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to further streamline screening for active duty service members, a trusted population. In additional to SEA, service members can also participate in TSA Pre✓™ when flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
"Last month, TSA began TSA Pre✓™ operations here in Seattle. Today, we are expanding that expedited security screening to active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces," said Federal Security Director Jim Spinden. "As Administrator Pistole recently said, U.S. service members are entrusted to protect and defend our nation and its citizens with their lives, and as such TSA is recognizing that these members pose little risk to aviation security."
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 see if they qualify for expedited screening. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to be considered for TSA Pre✓™.
At SEA, select Alaska Airlines' frequent flyers and CBP Trusted Traveler program members are also eligible to receive expedited screening benefits for their domestic travel. TSA Pre✓™ participants will use Checkpoint 5 North if they qualify for expedited screening.
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. These benefits include being able to leave their shoes and light jackets on, and allowing them to keep their laptops in their cases and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags in their carry-on baggage.
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.