On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, a process was announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) that allows more than 2.6 million U.S. Armed Forces service members in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the Reserves and National Guard, to access TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening benefits starting December 20, 2013!
A military member’s DoD ID number on his/her CAC card = Known Traveler ID field when booking your flight.
- This will be allowed for official or leisure travel on participating airlines.
Service members do not need to be in uniform to benefit from TSA Pre✓™.
If you are traveling with children 12 and under they may accompany service members through the TSA Pre✓™ lanes.
Spouses will need to be enrolled in a trusted traveler program to participate.
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
More information from TSA’s Blog here.
TSA has long recognized our men and women in uniform as nearly a quarter of TSA’s workforce is a veteran or currently serves as an active duty service member in the U.S. Armed Forces
Currently, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can use TSA Pre✓™ lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card (CAC). Starting December 20th, these individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of the program at the 100 participating airports across the country, allowing them to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear, laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes.
“Expanding TSA Pre✓™ screening benefits is great news for our service members and is a tangible sign of this nation’s gratitude for the men and women who serve this nation bravely each and every day,” said Mary Snavely-Dixon, director, Defense Manpower Data Center. “We will continue to work with the Transportation Security Administration to help expand this program further.”
More than 18 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011. TSA has recently expanded this expedited screening program to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40, bringing the total number of airports with TSA Pre✓™ to 100.
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.