TSA’S pre-screening air­port ini­tia­tive crosses two mil­lion trav­ellers


The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA) an­nounced the agency has screened over two mil­lion trav­ellers through the TSA Pre pre-screening ini­tia­tive. TSA Pre is cur­rently avail­able for US cit­i­zens trav­el­ling in the United States who are mem­bers of US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) trusted trav­eller pro­grammes and se­lect fre­quent trav­ellers of par­tic­i­pat­ing air­lines at many of the busiest air­ports across the coun­try.

TSA Pre al­lows pas­sen­gers to vol­un­teer in­for­ma­tion about them­selves prior to trav­el­ling do­mes­ti­cally to ex­pe­dite their check­point screening at par­tic­i­pat­ing air­ports. The ini­tia­tive is part of the agency’s broader ef­fort to im­ple­ment risk-based con­cepts that en­hance avi­a­tion se­cu­rity by fo­cus­ing more on trav­ellers the agency knows the least about and al­low­ing known trav­ellers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­dite their travel through se­cu­rity check­points.

“As TSA Pre con­tin­ues to ex­pand to ad­di­tional air­ports and pas­sen­ger pop­u­la­tions, we are see­ing ex­po­nen­tial growth in par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said TSA Ad­min­is­tra­tor John S. Pis­tole. “We are on track to bring TSA Pre to 35 air­ports by the end of 2012 and even more next year.”

TSA Pre is avail­able at 19 air­ports and op­er­a­tional with five air­lines, in­clud­ing Alaska Air­lines, Amer­i­can Air­lines, Delta Air Lines, United Air­lines and US Air­ways. TSA will continue to add more air­ports and air­lines to the highly ac­claimed pro­gramme.

El­i­gi­ble pas­sen­gers in­clude US cit­i­zens of fre­quent trav­eller pro­grammes on par­tic­i­pat­ing air­lines and cur­rent mem­bers of CBP Trusted Trav­eller pro­grammes, in­clud­ing Global En­try, SEN­TRI and NEXUS. In­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing can ap­ply by vis­it­ing www.glob­a­len­try.gov.

As part of TSA’s broader risk-based se­cu­rity ef­fort, TSA is in the process of test­ing and im­ple­ment­ing sev­eral new screening con­cepts, which in­clude an ex­pe­dited screening pro­gramme for flight crews, ex­panded be­hav­iour de­tec­tion tech­niques, mod­i­fied screening pro­ce­dures for trav­ellers 12 and younger and 75 and older, and ex­pand­ing TSA Pre screening ben­e­fits to US mil­i­tary ac­tive duty mem­bers.

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