TAMPA, Fla. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Tampa International Airport (TPA). In Tampa, select Delta Air Lines frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate in the initiative when traveling domestically.
TSA Pre✓™ – a passenger prescreening initiative – is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. More than 1.7 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ security lanes since the initiative began last fall. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 18 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways and for members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs.
“As with other risk-based, intelligence-driven initiatives, TSA Pre✓™ allows our officers to focus their efforts on high-risk passengers and those we know less about,” said Gary Milano, Tampa Federal Security Director. “TSA Pre✓™ also expedites the screening process and can improve the overall travel experience for participating passengers.”
Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying domestically on participating airlines, as well as members of CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. Individuals interested in applying should visit www.globalentry.gov.
If TSA determines a passenger qualifies for TSA Pre✓™, information is embedded in the barcode on the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint, and the passenger may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane to undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, and allowing laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags to remain inside carry-on baggage.
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 passenger is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security consists of more than 20 layers, including behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, baggage screening, 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.