A traveler undergoes a full body scan performed by Transportation Security Administration agents as she and others pass through the security checkpoint at the Denver International Airport on November 22, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Washington -- Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 20, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Precheck expedited screening benefits will be officially extended to all U.S. Armed Forces service members.
Service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, reserves and National Guard will be able to enjoy the expedited screening program at more than 100 participating airports when flying on nine major U.S. airlines.
If a service member has entered their DoD identification number correctly in a flight reservation, they will be permitted access to TSA Precheck lanes.
The expedited screening will allow service members 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.
"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 W. Halinski, a 25-year Marine Corps veteran. "Providing TSA Precheck expedited screening while on travel is the least we can do for the members of our military."
DoD has worked closely with service members worldwide to inform them of the process of updating current and/or future reservations along with their airline profiles to include their DoD identification number. That ID number will be used as their Known Traveler Number, and enables TSA to expand the program to all airports offering TSA Precheck. Previously, members of the U.S. Armed Forces could utilize TSA Precheck lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card (CAC).
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. Travelers can check the TSA Precheck Participating Airports page for information on locations of active TSA Precheck lanes.
Further information on TSA Pre? for military members can be found at www.TSA.gov and www.defensetravel.dod.mil.