TSA Pre-✓™: What You Need to Know

In an effort to make travel easier for our Nation’s service members, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a partnership to expand the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program to members of the Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard, beginning December 20 at 100 airports across the country.

Currently, members of the Armed Forces can utilize TSA Pre✓™ lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card (CAC). The partnership expands the program to the military at all 100 airports offering TSA Pre✓™ allowing service members to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear, belts, their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

The new process established under this agreement allows service members to use their DoD identification number when making reservations. That ID number will be used as their Known Traveler Number. When arriving at the airport, service members will then be permitted access to TSA Pre✓™ lanes for official or leisure travel on participating airlines. TSA will phase out the acceptance of the CAC for TSA Pre✓™ by March 31, 2014.

Military kids 12 and under who are travelling with their preregistered service member parent are eligible to process through TSA Pre✓™. Military spouses and kids over 12 can process through TSA Pre✓™ if they enroll through the TSA. For an $85 application fee, they will be eligible for TSA Pre✓™ for 5 years. Currently, enrollment centers are only open in the Indianapolis Airport, as well as the metro areas around the District of Columbia, New York City, and Los Angeles, however more will open across the country in the coming months.

In addition to expanding TSA Pre✓™ to service members, TSA wants to remind the American public about the Wounded Warrior Screening program. This program makes the overall experience for wounded service members as simple as possible. This includes personalized service and expedited screening to move through security checkpoints without having to remove footwear, light outerwear, jackets or head wear. Wounded warriors or their care coordinators can contact TSA Cares toll free at 1.855.787.2227 with details of the itinerary once flight arrangements are made with the airline.

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