The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces will be eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™ at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport starting March 26th. TSA Pre✓™ is currently located at the Concourse D checkpoint for Delta, United, US Airways and other eligible passengers. TSA Pre✓™ was launched at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on November 14, 2012.
TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening program that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience when traveling at participating airports. These passengers may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in carry-on.
Beginning in March 2012, TSA partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to further streamline screening for active duty service members. In addition to BWI, service members may also participate in TSA Pre✓™ when flying out of Denver International, Charlotte Douglas International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Honolulu International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Seattle-Tacoma International and Washington Dulles International airports.
Active duty members of the military can present their Common Access Cards (CAC) to a TSA Officer in front of the TSA Pre✓™ lane, where it will be scanned to determine 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. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to be considered for TSA Pre✓™.
In addition to service members, other eligible passengers include select U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of a Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Individuals interested in participating in a CBP Trusted Traveler program can apply by visiting www.globalentry.gov.
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.
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