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Benefits & Assistance for US Armed Forces

TSA provides airport security screening assistance and benefits for all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The following tips for screening your person, carry-on bags and checked baggage can help you have a smooth travel experience at the airport.

Assistance for Veterans and Wounded Warriors

Injured, wounded service members, veterans and Wounded Warriors may contact TSA Cares to request assistance with the screening process. TSA Cares is a help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Call TSA Cares 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the airport security checkpoint.


  • Phone: 1-855-787-2227 (Toll Free)
  • Federal Relay: 711
  • E-mail
  • Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET; Weekends/Holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

TSA verifies the status of individuals identifying themselves as a Wounded Warrior, through the appropriate military branch. Following verification, the travel information is provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports where Wounded Warriors may use TSA Pre✓® expedited screening at available locations or experience other expedited screening procedures.

Injured service members/veterans requesting assistance will have their travel information and type of assistance required provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports to ensure they receive proper assistance at the security checkpoint.

Learn about the security screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions.

TSA Pre✓® Benefits for US Armed Forces

All members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard can benefit from TSA Pre✓® expedited screening at select airports when flying on participating airlines. Use your official Department of Defense identification number when making flight reservations. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well. Learn how to receive TSA Pre✓®.

Screening and Packing Tips

Follow these tips for a smooth screening process:

  • Keep your boarding pass and ID available.
  • Remove your class A uniform jacket, metal items in pockets, and metal belt buckle and submit them for X-ray screening.
  • If you are in uniform and have a valid military ID, keep on your footwear unless it alarms the walk through metal detector.
  • Check for prohibited items before departing for the airport.
  • Use a TSA-recognized lock if you plan to lock your checked baggage.

Transport of Weapons by an Individual Soldier

Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited in carry-on baggage and may be transported in checked baggage only. If you have just returned from overseas duty or any assignment where you carried a firearm or ammunition, check your carry-on bag and other belongings to ensure firearms, parts or ammunition are not present.

Transport of Weapons by a Military Unit

  • The unit must declare weapons and ammunition to the aircraft operator.
  • Weapons must be unloaded.
  • Weapons must be collectively secured in a crate and banded or individually locked in a hard-sided case.
  • Ammunition must also be securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
  • Firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition must be completely and securely enclose any ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder or holster).
  • You may carry the ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as you pack it as described above.
  • A unit representative must submit the unit's official travel orders and an inventory of weapons and ammunition being transported.
  • The unit representative must provide written certification that the weapons are unloaded.

Military Family Member Gate Passes

Family members who want to accompany a military service member being deployed to the boarding gate or greet them returning from deployment at the arrival gate may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport.

Contact the air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport to obtain passes and instructions.

Latest revision: 10 November 2014