Thursday, March 28, 2013

Five New Airports Roll Out TSA Pre✓™ - AUS, CLE, MEM, BNA, RDU



TSA Pre✓™ logo.Five new airports have rolled out TSA Pre✓™ bringing the total so far to 40 airports. 

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Passengers traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA Pre✓™ lane is located at Checkpoint 2

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Passengers traveling domestically who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™ and may receive expedited screening benefits at the South Checkpoint.

Memphis International Airport (MEM) Passengers traveling domestically who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at Checkpoint B. 

Nashville International Airport (BNA) Passengers traveling domestically who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at the Main Checkpoint. 

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Passengers traveling domestically who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at the Terminal 2 checkpoint. 

Click here to see the other 35 airports with TSA Pre✓™.

In case you're wondering what TSA Pre✓™ is, you can go here to read all about it. Long story short, it's an initiative program that allows passengers to keep their shoes and belts on, and keep their laptops in their bags. Also, it is free to many members who have been opted in by participating airlines.

TSA has also extended expedited screening to wounded warriors nationwide and to service members traveling through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Denver International Airport (DEN), and Lambert - St.Louis International Airport (STL). 

Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team 

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38 comments:

RB said...

When will United States Military Retirees be added to the Pre Check groups?

How much more loyality and personal history does TSA need than a person who has served their country for at least 2o years if not longer?

TSA's Pre Check is worthless when only a very few travelers can use it and even then it is no guarentee of expedited screening.

Anonymous said...

This program is the biggest waste of revenue, time, personnel and space I have ever seen. I have been a part of the Global Entry program since it's inception, am a Gold Elite Delta member, Gold Elite American and Silver Elite Cathay. In all the time this has been in my airport, about 2 years, I have been allowed through that line one time. I fly about 100k a year, so I am in the airport a lot. This line sits Empty meaning every other line backs up even more. I can come into the USA from overseas and never talk to a customs agent, but I'm not trusted enough to get on a plane without removing my shoes and laptop.
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Either get rid of this worthless program (as it is now) or make it usable, but quit offering things you have no intention of allowing anyone to use.

Anonymous said...

This program is the biggest waste of revenue, time, personnel and space I have ever seen. I have been a part of the Global Entry program since it's inception, am a Gold Elite Delta member, Gold Elite American and Silver Elite Cathay. In all the time this has been in my airport, about 2 years, I have been allowed through that line one time. I fly about 100k a year, so I am in the airport a lot. This line sits Empty meaning every other line backs up even more. I can come into the USA from overseas and never talk to a customs agent, but I'm not trusted enough to get on a plane without removing my shoes and laptop.
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Either get rid of this worthless program (as it is now) or make it usable, but quit offering things you have no intention of allowing anyone to use.

Anonymous said...

Is there any credible data that passengers who fly 20,000 miles per year and have done so for a decade, but have no airline elite status, are more likely to be concealing a bomb in their shoes than passengers who fly 50,000 miles a year?

Or is PreCheck merely a way to silence frequent fliers?

Right, it's SSI. Got it.

And how about that JFK BDO who pepper-sprayed five of his co-workers yesterday? Way to go.

Susan Richart said...

Rather than posting about this program for the 1%, Bob, why not address the BDO who managed to spray his co-workers while playing around with a canister of mace, thinking it might be a laser pointer.

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Anonymous said...

Everyone should be screened by Pre standards. These standards are adopted abroad (including for flights into the US) for years, and effectively prevent terrorism without overly imposing upon passengers.

SSSS for some reason said...

So "trusted travelers" are trusted in some airports more than others.

Why can't the default position on screening be the same as this 'trusted' program? The number of terrorists out there trying to get through security is so incredibly tiny that treating ALL the passengers in the airport as trustworthy would be the safest bet.

Anonymous said...

This should be the standard level of screening for all passengers. You talk about risk based screening, but 99.9999999+% of passengers are not risks. The rest of the world does not require shoe removal, so why are we still doing it? Their planes aren't falling out of the sky.

I do know that I'm more likely to be accidentally sprayed with pepper spray by a TSA screener than killed by a terrorist. Is it common policy to test potentially dangerous items at the checkpoint?

Adrian said...

I've been following the TSA and Global Entry links in circles. Is there a page or publicly-available document that explains what information someone must give up to the government to qualify for PreCheck? Is there a privacy policy for PreCheck?

Adrian said...

Can you cite any studies that demonstrate any sort of correlation between information PreCheck collects and the risk of a person having terrorist intentions?

Everything I ever read about the de-funded Total Information Awareness program (later called Terrorist Information Awareness) said that no good correlations were ever found. That's not surprising. Since there are very, very few terrorists. Statistically, it would be extremely difficult to find any sort of correlation.

What information could PreCheck candidates possibly reveal about themselves that would demonstrate that they are less risk than the non-PreCheck passenger?

With all the talk about risk-based approaches, I'd like to see some evidence that there's actually some risk-based analysis going on.

Anonymous said...

Hurray for PreCheck! Please, please open PreCheck in San Diego. Several of the newly announced locations have much smaller passenger volumes than SD's Lindbergh Field. Is it our turn next?

Anonymous said...

RB said... When will United States Military Retirees be added to the Pre Check groups? How much more loyality and personal history does TSA need than a person who has served their country for at least 2o years if not longer? TSA's Pre Check is worthless when only a very few travelers can use it and even then it is no guarentee of expedited screening.
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Do you personally know what somebody has been up to once out of the military for 20 years?? If an individual matches the criteria for pre-check signup can they not sign up? So trying out a new program is worthless and unproductive? It should be immediately offered to all of the United States? Would that not flood the system and take just as long if not longer? Please think before posting, the absurdity just keeps getting worse.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Is there any credible data that passengers who fly 20,000 miles per year and have done so for a decade, but have no airline elite status, are more likely to be concealing a bomb in their shoes than passengers who fly 50,000 miles a year? Or is PreCheck merely a way to silence frequent fliers? Right, it's SSI. Got it. And how about that JFK BDO who pepper-sprayed five of his co-workers yesterday? Way to go
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Well at least you admit there is a legitimate shoe threat. TSA does something progressive and you complain, just the same as when somebody makes a mistake? The program is in the planning stages anybody with brains could understand things take time.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325

Do you think about what the pepper spray container may look like? Or is that SSI, and unsearchable?

Anonymous said...

Susan Richart said...
Rather than posting about this program for the 1%, Bob, why not address the BDO who managed to spray his co-workers while playing around with a canister of mace, thinking it might be a laser pointer. Screen
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You know exactly the percentage of the flying population in this program? So quick to judge without researching. Here I will do it for you, could have the canister looked like this? LOL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325

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Anonymous said...

SSSS for some reason said... So "trusted travelers" are trusted in some airports more than others. Why can't the default position on screening be the same as this 'trusted' program? The number of terrorists out there trying to get through security is so incredibly tiny that treating ALL the passengers in the airport as trustworthy would be the safest bet.
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So expand a program too quickly and have even more issues for you to complain about? I am impressed with your knowledge of how many individuals may be out there testing the airline system. How long was 9-11 in the planning stages, or are you quick to forget?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... This should be the standard level of screening for all passengers. You talk about risk based screening, but 99.9999999+% of passengers are not risks. The rest of the world does not require shoe removal, so why are we still doing it? Their planes aren't falling out of the sky.
I do know that I'm more likely to be accidentally sprayed with pepper spray by a TSA screener than killed by a terrorist. Is it common policy to test potentially dangerous items at the checkpoint?
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Funny you vilify a single TSA agent for pepper spray, but do not find a screening procedure necessary for an explosive attempt. Shoe removal is not necessary for those involved with Pre-check right? One day soon this could be in your city, will you sign up?

Do you think the pepper spray container could have looked like this?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325

Or is it hard for you to research that possibility after all it also occurred at the checkpoint right?

nick said...

tell me what does this do me? I am a million miler with Delta plus a Diamond. I can not use pre check because I will have to be give the full pat down due to a metal hip implant I have in my right hip. I have even shown the joint card issued by my doctor to TSA and they just dont care. The agents have yet to confirm my implant. So what good is this program to me?

Anonymous said...

nick said... tell me what does this do me? I am a million miler with Delta plus a Diamond. I can not use pre check because I will have to be give the full pat down due to a metal hip implant I have in my right hip. I have even shown the joint card issued by my doctor to TSA and they just dont care. The agents have yet to confirm my implant. So what good is this program to me?
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My thought is I doubt if TSA does not care about your hip replacement. What are they to do just take your word that the hip is the only thing alarming? Tell them if you have a hip and opt for the whole body imager. Less radiation than your cell phone and a computer tells them where the threat is located.
Just a thought!

RB said...

Do you personally know what somebody has been up to once out of the military for 20 years?? If an individual matches the criteria for pre-check signup can they not sign up? So trying out a new program is worthless and unproductive? It should be immediately offered to all of the United States? Would that not flood the system and take just as long if not longer? Please think before posting, the absurdity just keeps getting worse.


March 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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And do you know what the privileged frequent flyer has been up to or will be up to? The system would not be flooded anymore than letting all uniformed military in the program as is the case now.

This is the same concept as backgrounds checks. They only demonstrated what a person has done in the past, not what they will do in the future.

Typical that TSA can't understand such basic issues. You should congratulate yourself, you're TSA qualified.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Susan Richart said...
Rather than posting about this program for the 1%, Bob, why not address the BDO who managed to spray his co-workers while playing around with a canister of mace, thinking it might be a laser pointer. Screen
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You know exactly the percentage of the flying population in this program? So quick to judge without researching. Here I will do it for you, could have the canister looked like this? LOL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325

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March 30, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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Doesn't look anything like a laser pointer.

If a TSA screener finds something they are not familiar with is it TSA policy to play around with the item or is it TSA policy to treat the item as an unknown risk?

I suspect the screener lied about thinking it was a laser pointer.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Here I will do it for you, could have the canister looked like this? LOL

Nice deflection. Bit it doesn't matter WHAT it looked like- the screener should not have been playing with it.

Anonymous said...

I am a retired US Navy captain and squadron commander who had a Top Secret security clearance and combat experience. I was trusted to fly with live ordnance over populated areas. I am also a retired attorney and former prosecutor with 35 years experience My state bar association still trusts me as an officer of the court.I am also a retired Boeing 767 captain from a major US Airline. The FAA still trusts me with my Airline Transport Pilot rating and I am permitted to fly whenever I want.When I fly commercially, I fly on retired employee passes issued by my airline. I am trusted and even respected by everyone except TSA. WHy is that?

Anonymous said...

PreCheck standards should be for everyone, like being screened abroad.

Anonymous said...

PreCheck exists to shut up the elite, the wealthy -- the people who have the power to complain effectively and restrain the TSA.

Now, lines for the rest of us will get longer, and complaints will not be heard -- only the riff-raff will be complaining, and they have no power to be heard.

Anonymous said...

Americans shouldn't put up with government intrusion into our lives by the TSA which requires a background check for the possibility to travel in our own country with slightly less harassment.

Leon said...

Anonymous said: "Do you think the pepper spray container could have looked like this?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325"


There is a label on that device that says Pepper Spray. Perhaps you should do some more research before you post here.

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Anonymous said...

Please provide data showing that people selected for expedited screening are actually less of a security risk than a randomly selected traveler.

Without that kind of data, this program is nothing but a tool for silencing critics.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous replied to nick regarding his inability to use PreCheck due to his hip replacement, "My thought is I doubt if TSA does not care about your hip replacement. What are they to do just take your word that the hip is the only thing alarming? Tell them if you have a hip and opt for the whole body imager. Less radiation than your cell phone and a computer tells them where the threat is located.
Just a thought!"


Anonymous - this doesn't address nick's issue at all. If I understood nick's post correctly, he has a hip replacement and is subjected to a patdown no matter what, therefore the benefits of PreCheck aren't really available to him.

PreCheck, which TSA promotes like it's the Holy Grail, apparently will not work for someone who has a medical implant.

IANAL, but this sounds like discrimination based upon a medical condition. What does ADA have to say about it?

Anonymous said...

Pathetic. Why is this not the default level of screening for ALL passengers, not just the wealthy elite?

Anonymous said...

Everyone should be screened with Pre standards, which are those adopted abroad, successfully.

Leon said...

Anonymous said, "You know exactly the percentage of the flying population in this program? So quick to judge without researching. Here I will do it for you, could have the canister looked like this? LOL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085K0BVU?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325"


Since you post that link for every blog entry, I will tell you once again that that device has a label on it that says Pepper Spray. Will you do some actual research for once?

BTL said...

I have to agree with the poster (March 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM ). I too am a Global entry and NEXUS which automatically enrolls me in Pre check. I have never been "accepted” when flying Delta (More later), But have when flying American, I am a Frequent flyer of both airlines. If the line remains empty why have it. I typically fly from ATL. Now I did contact Delta since the TSA agent always tells me the ticket was not coded to be pre check. Delta says it is a TSA problem. However the solution (as of the Third time I complained) was that I had to have the Delta Ticket agent code the ticket (at check-in) as a pre check passenger even though I am registered on their site. I was told the Agent may not know they needed to do this… (Defeats the purpose of the Kiosks doesn’t it…)

If you can't make this easy and seamless it will fail and it is a costly failure, if you make it easy to use then it is a time saver and benefits everyone, Less congestion at the regular line and TSA knows who is going thru security.

Wintermute said...

BTL said...

"If you can't make this easy and seamless it will fail and it is a costly failure, if you make it easy to use then it is a time saver and benefits everyone, Less congestion at the regular line and TSA knows who is going thru security."

Better yet, make it the default screening level for everyone, which benefits everyone even more by respecting our rights.

Anonymous said...

In yesterday's NY Times, Administrator Pistole stated "we will only add [PreCheck] airports selectively if there is a business case to justify it." Yet the most recent additions (AUS, CLE, MEM, BNA, RDU) have only half the passenger volume of my home airport, San Diego. Surely the "business case" justifies adding SAN in the near future before much smaller airports.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"In yesterday's NY Times, Administrator Pistole stated "we will only add [PreCheck] airports selectively if there is a business case to justify it."

So, what's the business case for wasting taxpayer money on anything beyond Pre levels of screening?

Anonymous said...

I've never seen such a group of complainers in my life. This isn't an elitest program. Go get your global entry certification (and pay the fee) and you can also use the precheck lines. That's what I did. I'm a top level frequent flier on TWO airlines (not by choice) and neither of those gave me a free ride. As for you military folks complaining, you can go get your GOES credentials as well. It's not closed to you.

Maybe at some point the TSA will start hiring and training highly qualified "profilers" like they do in Europe to identify high risk individuals. In the meantime, I'm glad there's at least a way for us frequent fliers to avoid all the nonsense in some airports.

Anonymous said...

TSA, One more vote to please add San Diego.

Anonymous said...

I have a replacement hip. I am TSA precheck approved. There is no consistency to this program! At ORD I get nailed in the magnetometer, in Atlanta I don't! Why isn't there a consistent screening process? Oh wait, it's the government! My bad!