LOS ANGELES – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Terminal 7 with United Airlines. TSA Pre✓™ is a passenger prescreening initiative that allows qualified passengers to go through an expedited security process, which among other benefits, allows them to keep their shoes and light outerwear on while going through the checkpoint. At LAX, select Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and now United Airlines frequent travelers are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when flying domestically.
TSA Pre✓™ is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 1.8 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 19 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs.
"TSA Pre✓™ allows us to expedite the screening process for many passengers without compromising security," said Randy Parsons, Federal Security Director for Los Angeles International Airport. "With risk-based security initiatives, we are adjusting the screening procedures for those passengers that we know more about so that we can focus on those we know less about."
Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who are flying on participating airlines as well as members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. LAX has a CBP Enrollment Center on site and interested individuals can apply by visiting www.globalentry.gov.
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™, information is imbedded in the barcode of the individual's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and passengers may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane for 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 in their 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 initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.