Tuesday, May 7, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Tips for Military Travelers



U.S. Armed Forces Logos.


Here are a few helpful hints to help members of our armed forces achieve a trouble-free travel experience at the airport.

Packing Tips for Military Personnel

  • If you’re checking a duffle bag, put all of your clothing and lighter items at the bottom of the bag, and place your boots, helmet, books, and other larger more dense items at the top. This makes it easier for us to neatly repack your bag if we have to search it.
  • If you wish to lock your checked baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock, otherwise the lock could be cut.
  • If you or your unit is traveling with weapons, please go here for more information.
  • If it looks like a bomb, grenade, land mine, etc., don’t pack it. Even if it’s not the real deal, it will slow the screening process to a grinding halt while we’re figuring that out.

Military Family Member Gate Passes - Family members who want to accompany a military service member being deployed to the boarding gate or greet them returning from deployment at the arrival gate may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport. Interested military family members should contact their air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport for proper local procedures. Remember, the family members will have to be screened through the TSA checkpoint just as if they were flying.

Assistance for America's Veterans: Disabled, Injured and Wounded Warriors - TSA wants to facilitate the screening of injured and wounded service members and veterans including individuals associated with a Wounded Warrior program. Once flight arrangements are made with the airline, the injured service member or veteran, family member, or other representative can contact the TSA Cares helpline with details of the itinerary. 

  • Toll-free telephone number 1-855-787-2227 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Eastern time) and weekends and holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern time)
  • E-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov

TSA Pre™ for Active Duty Military - As part of our intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA now offers TSA Pre™ expedited screening benefits to active duty service members at select airports. Click here for more info.

Bonus Factoid Nugget - Did you know that 25 percent of TSA employees are prior military? Some are even still serving in the reserves and guard. We have the greatest respect for our men and women serving in the military and strive to screen them with the dignity they deserve.

Come back next Tuesday for more travel tips!

Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team 

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great article, it should help folks that is deploying. Although this article does not mentioned DoD civilians the article pertain to them as well.

Anonymous said...

Can you please show me the statistical analysis that indicates that active military members are less prone to violence and therefore should qualify automatically for less invasive screening through Pre?

Anonymous said...

"If you’re checking a duffle bag, put all of your clothing and lighter items at the bottom of the bag, and place your boots, helmet, books, and other larger more dense items at the top. This makes it easier for us to neatly repack your bag if we have to search it."

Yeah, makes it easier for you. What about me? Packing all the light stuff at the bottom makes it muther hard to carry. Here's an idea: don't bother the military. Every one of them has a higher clearance than your TSA guys and unlike you I actually trust my guys with a gun.

Susan Richart said...

"men and women serving in the military and strive to screen them with the dignity they deserve."

The definition of "strive" is:
Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

Everyone who travels should be treated with dignity and TSA shouldn't have to "strive" to do so. Showing respect and dignitiy should be common behavior for TSA screeners - but we all know it's not.

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Anonymous said...

"We have the greatest respect for our men and women serving in the military and strive to screen them with the dignity they deserve."

There is no "dignified" or "respectful" way to stick your hands down someone's pants. Shame on each and every one of you; you dishonor our military, our veterans, our flag, and our country.

RB said...

So I take it that once a military member retires they are no longer treated with dignity or respect by TSA.

Why aren't retired military members automatically enrolled in TSA Pre Check?

Anonymous said...

Tell me - why is your organization continuing to persecute John Brennan?

http://www.papersplease.org/wp/2013/05/01/hearing-may-14-in-portland-for-naked-american-hero-john-brennan/

He did nothing wrong. A court affirmed it. So why are you still trying to convince the public that what he did must somehow be illegal?

Anonymous said...

To the person who commented..."There is no "dignified" or "respectful" way to stick your hands down someone's pants."

Thank you for telling it like it is...it's the most truthful comment I have ever seen on a TSA blog!

Anonymous said...

Why aren't retired military members automatically enrolled in TSA Pre Check?

Simple: DHS has warned that military veterans are a terrorist risk. Think Oklahoma City, people. They should get extra screening.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone get a gate pass,to meet family members or friends? We have people returning from several year abroad working for an NGO in a country not on good terms with US. We want to surprise them with a big greeting at the airport. We are willing to endure the rituals of the TSA to honor their return.

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said...

"Can anyone get a gate pass,to meet family members or friends?"

You might ask the airline if they can assist you. They usually will only issue a gate pass to either one escort for a traveler requiring assitance or parents of a child travelling alone. Doesn't sound like your group meets either qualification. Unfortunately the American public has lost the freedom to meet and greet at the gate. I doubt it will ever return because screening takes far longer then it should so the lines would be much longer. Even though a non traveler without any luggage should be able to pass thru quickly. Before 9/11 I used to go to the gate to meet family and friends who were connecting in my city and just passing thru. It simply isn't practical to do that now. Thanks TSA :)

RB said...

Anonymous said...Why aren't retired military members automatically enrolled in TSA Pre Check?


Simple: DHS has warned that military veterans are a terrorist risk. Think Oklahoma City, people. They should get extra screening.May 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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Anon there is a big difference between a retired seviceman and a one tour veteran. Oklahoma wasn't the work of a military retiree. To suggest so is highly offensive.