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Troops to get wider expedited screenings at airports

Dec. 19, 2013 - 04:19PM   |  
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Starting tomorrow, air travel will soon get much easier for service members flying on nine major airlines from more than 100 airports nationwide.

Under an agreement between the Defense Department and the Transportation Security Administration, troops will get expedited screenings on both official and leisure travel at all airports where TSA’s PreCheck program is available.

Troops can use the quick screening lanes by entering their DoD identification number into a flight reservation and their airline profiles.

The number is critical to accessing the program at all participating airports. Previously, troops could utilize TSA Precheck lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card.

The expedited screening will be available to all members of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard and members of the National Guard and reserves.

Expedited screening means troops don’t have to remove footwear or light outerwear and laptop computers from their cases. They also don’t need to be “3-1-1 compliant,” packing liquids of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less in clear, plastic, quart-sized ziplock bags in side carry-on bags.

The agreement “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 of the Defense Manpower Data Center. “We will continue to work with the Transportation Security Administration to help expand this program further.”

“TSA is grateful to the brave men and women in uniform who continue to serve our nation with honor and distinction,” said TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski, a retired Marine Corps colonel. “Providing TSA Precheck expedited screening while on travel is the least we can do for the members of our military.”

TSA already has a special program in place for wounded warriors to simplify air travel, with personalized service and expedited screening to move through security checkpoints without having to remove footwear, light outerwear, jackets or headgear.

Wounded warriors or their care coordinators can contact TSA Cares toll free at 855-787-2227 with itinerary details of the itinerary once flight arrangements are made with the airline.

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