Story by Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity
Adapted from a Transportation Security Administration Press Release
I’ve got good news for troops traveling through Denver International Airport: you can now expedite your check-in process thanks to the Transportation Security Administration’s implementation of their Pre✓™ benefits program for active duty service members.
TSA Pre✓™ pre-screens eligible passengers to expedite their security screening process at participating airports. While this option is available to pre-approved travelers, it does not exempt them from random and unpredictable security measures which will always be enacted at domestic American airports.
Random searches aside, it’s still a pretty good deal. Plus, it’s easier to enroll in the program if you’re an active duty service member.
All you have to do is provide your travel documents and valid Common Access Card (CAC) to an authorized TSA Document Checker to determine if you’re eligible for Pre✓™ benefits. They’ll use a CAC reader to scan your card and access a Defense Department database that provides them with information ensuring your military status. You don’t need to be in uniform to take part.
If you’re eligible, you can enjoy shorter security checkpoint lines and you won’t need to remove the following items during your screening:
- -3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- -Laptop from bag
- -Light outerwear/jacket
I’m not gonna lie; I’m a little jealous (I’ve never gotten used to the whole removing-the-shoes routine, not to mention a few of the other security rituals that have become necessary in recent years).
Also, as an added bonus to those of you who are parents, family members 12-years-old and under can process through Pre✓™ expedited screening with you.
Not all airports support the TSA Pre✓™ program yet, so keep this in mind when you plan your trips. The program has been implemented at seven airports throughout the United States. They are listed below along with the designated TSA Pre✓™ checkpoint for each location:
- -Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): Main Terminal, Checkpoint B
- -Denver International Airport (DEN): South Checkpoint
- -Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): Main Checkpoint
- -Honolulu International Airport (HNL): Main Terminal, Checkpoint 3
- -Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): North Pier Gates 35-45, South Pier Gates 10-22
- -Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): Checkpoint 3
- -Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): Main Terminal, TSA Pre ✓™ Checkpoint
By implementing the Pre✓™ program for qualifying active duty service members, TSA hopes to focus its resources on refining security processes and procedures for other passengers.
If you would like more information on TSA’s Pre✓™ program for active duty military, simply follow this link to visit their website. It’s certainly worth the research. Safe travels!
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