Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Security Screening Benefits and Tips for U.S. Military and Veterans



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With it being Veterans Day today, we thought it would be appropriate to let our readers know about some of the services we offer for veterans as well as current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
TSA Veterans
One out of four TSA employees is either a veteran, or is still currently serving in the U.S. Military, and we hold a deep respect for those who have served and sacrificed for our country. 
 Assistance for Injured Service Members/Veterans and Wounded Warriors

  • Injured, wounded service members, veterans and Wounded Warriors may contact TSA Cares to request assistance with the screening process. TSA Cares is a help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Call TSA Cares 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the airport security checkpoint. Phone: 1-855-787-2227 Federal Relay: 711 Email: TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET - Weekends/Holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
  • TSA verifies the status of individuals identifying themselves as a Wounded Warrior, through the appropriate military branch. Following verification, the travel information is provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports where Wounded Warriors may use TSA Pre®  expedited screening at available locations or experience other expedited screening procedures.
  • Injured service members/veterans requesting assistance will have their travel information and type of assistance required provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports to ensure they receive proper assistance at the security checkpoint.
  • Learn about the security screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions.

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TSA Pre® Benefits for US Armed Forces

  • All members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard can benefit from TSA Pre® expedited screening at select airports when flying on participating airlines. Use the official Department of Defense identification number as your know traveler number when making flight reservations. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well. Learn how to receive TSA Pre®.

TSA Pre® Benefits for Four Military Academies

  • U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Air Force Academy cadets/midshipmen are now eligible to enjoy the benefits of the TSA Pre® expedited screening program at more than 120 participating airports when flying on 11 major airlines.

Follow These Tips for a Smooth Screening Process:

  • Keep your boarding pass and ID available.
  • Remove class A uniform jackets, metal items in pockets, and metal belt buckle and submit them for X-ray screening.
  • If you are in uniform and have a valid military ID, keep on your footwear unless it alarms the walk through metal detector.
  • Check for prohibited items.
  • 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.

Transport of Weapons by a Military Unit

  • The unit must declare weapons and ammunition to the aircraft operator.
  • Weapons must be unloaded.
  • Weapons must be collectively secured in a crate and banded or individually locked in a hard-sided case.
  • Ammunition must also be securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
  • Firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition must be completely and securely enclose any ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder or holster).
  • You may carry the ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as you pack it as described above.
  • A unit representative must submit the unit's official travel orders and an inventory of weapons and ammunition being transported.
  • The unit representative must provide written certification that the weapons are unloaded.

Transport of Weapons by an Individual Soldier

  • Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited in carry-on baggage and may be transported in checked baggage only. If you have just returned from overseas duty or any assignment where you carried a firearm or ammunition, check your carry-on bag and other belongings to ensure firearms, parts or ammunition are not present.
  • Read the rules for individually transporting firearms and ammunition.
  • Read the rules for transporting sharp objects and tools.
  • Read the list of prohibited hazardous materials.

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.
  • Contact the air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport to obtain passes and instructions.
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31 comments:

Anonymous said...

And if your a 20 year retiree and walking upright you get to be asked if you have a drivers license if you use your Military ID. 20 and forgotten

GSOLTSO said...

To all that have served, or are currently serving, I wish you a peaceful, safe and wonderful Veterans Day. Thank you all for your service.

West
TSA blog Team

Anonymous said...

Please correct the misleading headline on this post. The "benefits" seem to apply only to injured veterans. If you're one of those veterans who are not injured or disabled, who get thanked once a year for your service to our nation, please move along. Nothing to see here.

Phil said...

I always use my retired military ID for TSA screening and have never been asked for any other ID, but usually get"Thank you for your service!"

RB said...

"All members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard can benefit from TSA Pre✓® expedited screening at select airports when flying on participating airlines."

This statement is patently false.

Retired military members are still part of the armed forces and do not enjoy any benefit of Pre Check. That is the respect that retired military members get from TSA.


Do all TSA employees get Pre Check automatically?

Paul Lovell said...

Nice to see that there are people other than myself that respect what others have done for us. And i believe that they should get treated correctly and shown some respect

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why veterans get any preferential treatment. Five years ago the Department of Homeland Security (TSA's parent agency)labeled veterans a potential terror threat. If anything, rather than mollycoddle these people, enhanced security screening should be the rule.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...If you are in uniform and have a valid military ID, keep on your footwear unless it alarms the walk through metal detector.
Check for prohibited items."

Really?

These people are trusted to serve our country but not trusted to carry prohibited items through security?

Are you sure you understand the actual meaning of the word 'benefit?' Because nothing in your article seems to be a benefit to anyone, not even the TSA.

Lauren said...

Retired military are deserving of these priveleges. For, they serve well for the country.

Ginger said...

Ditto what "Phil" said... must just be the sour look on the face of Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous. some people can't say thanks for anything... well THANK YOU TSA for treating this 23 year retiree and her 25 year retiree husband with the utmost respect. WE appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense.

Anonymous said...

In light of the fact that this was a Veteran's Day thread, I will refrain from commenting except to say that West's comment was unctuous at best. Nice way to pat yourself on the shoulder, West.

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GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "And if your a 20 year retiree and walking upright you get to be asked if you have a drivers license if you use your Military ID."

Military IDs, to include retired member IDs are valid forms of ID for the checkpoints. I see them come through all the time, both active duty CAC cards, and all the way back to the old school retiree cards that have "indefinite" as an expiration date (see more information on military IDs here).

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous that keeps writing in about retiree pre check: all the retirees that I work with have come to the conclusion that given all the whining, you must have been in the Air Force and must have been a pilot.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "And if your a 20 year retiree and walking upright you get to be asked if you have a drivers license if you use your Military ID."

Military IDs, to include retired member IDs are valid forms of ID for the checkpoints. I see them come through all the time, both active duty CAC cards, and all the way back to the old school retiree cards that have "indefinite" as an expiration date (see more information on military IDs here).

West
TSA Blog Team

November 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM

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TSA use to reject the Retired Military ID's with indefinite claiming that the ID had to have an expiration date on it. I know, it happened to me.

Also seems some other secret TSA rules have also changed. Now Conceal Weapon Licenses are not accepted per http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/acceptable-ids. Yet in Texas the same government agency ( Texas Department of Public Safety) that issues Drivers License, which are not a form of identification but a permit to operate a motor vehicle, issues the Weapons Permit, again not a form of ID but a license to do something. And the person with the CHL has had a background check but not the person with the motor vehicle operators permit.

And to top it off some states are handing out Drivers Licenses to illegal immigrants so how does anyone really know what kind of threat they represent. Proof that TSA is not engaged in Risk Based Screening.

I think many of us that still read the TSA Blog would appreciate knowing how any ID actually makes flying safer. Isn't it the screening for WEI that results in any real security?

TSA wastes incredible amounts of tax dollars on functions that offer zero, zip, nada, to improving passenger safety when traveling by airplane.

TSA is pretty much a useless organization made up of people who have no better prospects than living off the government teat.

Anonymous said...

"keep on your footwear unless alarms" Unless you're coming home on R&R and have been on a plane for 16 hours- then you'll have to take them off! TSA you get all the respect you give. None.

Anonymous said...

...And the person with the CHL has had a background check but not the person with the motor vehicle operators permit...

For the record, Texas is now requiring a full set of fingerprints from all people applying for and renewing a driver's license. I was told it was for preventing future fraudulent renewals, but it is actually for inclusion in the the state and national criminal databases. I imagine it is only a matter of time before other states follow suit, "out of an abundance of caution."

So, civil rights violations aside, and assuming that a criminal wouldn't just opt for a fake driver's license, the driver's license may very well be equivalent to a background check at some point.

Chris Boyce said...

Let's see...the Uniformed NOAA Corps officer candidates take their basic training at the Coast Guard Academy. They qualify for Precheck.

They graduate and are commissioned in the NOAA Corps and have careers where they do things like fly P-3s into hurricanes and do deep diving missions. But, the second they become ensigns in the NOAA Corps, they become one of the unwashed suspects.

I would ask if you are ashamed or embarrassed but I already know the answer.

RB said...

Chris Boyce said...
Let's see...the Uniformed NOAA Corps officer candidates take their basic training at the Coast Guard Academy. They qualify for Precheck.

They graduate and are commissioned in the NOAA Corps and have careers where they do things like fly P-3s into hurricanes and do deep diving missions. But, the second they become ensigns in the NOAA Corps, they become one of the unwashed suspects.

I would ask if you are ashamed or embarrassed but I already know the answer.

November 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

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Typical for TSA.

I have asked several times if TSA employees are gifted with Pre Check but of course Bob, West, or others on the Blog team have not responded to that question.

Wonder why? Is it SSI that TSA employees may be given Pre Check?

Anonymous said...

"[Uniformed NOAA Corps officer candidates]... graduate and are commissioned in the NOAA Corps and have careers where they do things like fly P-3s into hurricanes and do deep diving missions. But, the second they become ensigns in the NOAA Corps, they become one of the unwashed suspects."

Why should they automatically receive PreCheck benefits when the millions of travelers who have done NOTHING to warrant being treated as a terror suspect don't get automatic PreCheck benefits? What about the travelers who hold equally respectable jobs wherein they are responsible for the public welfare (e.g., teachers)? Shouldn't they get PreCheck automatically, too? What about the 13-year old kid who's never flown before?

Let's stop trying to convince TSA to give our pet group a "perk" that 99.99999% of travelers should receive by default.

Anonymous said...

To anyone who served 20 plus years in the military, as I did, should have learned one thing, that is how to hurry up and wait. Get in line, stop your complaining, and understand all of this is for everyone's safety.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
Why should they automatically receive PreCheck benefits when the millions of travelers who have done NOTHING to warrant being treated as a terror suspect don't get automatic PreCheck benefits? What about the travelers who hold equally respectable jobs wherein they are responsible for the public welfare (e.g., teachers)? Shouldn't they get PreCheck automatically, too? What about the 13-year old kid who's never flown before?

Let's stop trying to convince TSA to give our pet group a "perk" that 99.99999% of travelers should receive by default.


While I agree 100% that the perks of pre-check should be the norm, I think the point was that during training, these NOAA Corps officer candidates automatically qualify for pre, but once they graduate, they no longer do. I think the absurdity of that is what Chris was questioning.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...and understand all of this is for everyone's safety."

Well, if it actually made anyone any safer I might be a bit more understanding.

B. Ross said...

To the Anonymous commenter who claims to have served in the military and said, "Get in line, stop your complaining, and understand all of this is for everyone's safety."

No, and stop lying. Anyone who actually served to protect the freedoms the Constitution offers would not tell this country's citizens to give up their freedoms, their right to speak out against tyranny, and stand up for justice.

Shame on you.

Wintermute said...

TSAnonymous said...
"To anyone who served 20 plus years in the military, as I did, should have learned one thing, that is how to hurry up and wait. Get in line, stop your complaining, and understand all of this is for everyone's safety."

Except the TSA is not keeping anyone safer. With a failure rate of ~70% (not counting false positives, as they are not tracked), there is no legitimate claim that the TSA is effective at anything but wasting money.

Dave wysocki said...

Does tsa pre expire?

Anonymous said...

I sent a post yesterday. I also sent a email to the TSA email address on the website. My question was short, simple and not offensive. I still not have heard back from the TSA. If a private company had this type of customer service, and the taxpayers are your customers, the company would be out of business.

Anonymous said...

Where's my comment, blotter team? You approved other comments submitted after mine.

Which one of the blotter team has censored my message? Is it just waiting to be approved or did you delete it?

Ali G said...

I know this may the inappropriate blog to post this comment to, but I really am grateful for all veterans. It is truly sickening to see good men and women sacrifice their lives over petty politics, not only in America. I know many veterans whose lives have been ruined by PTSD and war injuries but manage to give a smile every time someone says "thank you for your service". They say that when people say that, it makes them forget all the sacrifices that they made. Because in the end it is about the safety of our country and the integrity of the people. The bonding of someone in some small town in Nebraska with a doctor in New York. All sacrifices transcend the greater good and the unity of the American people.

So I will say this one more time, thank you for your service.

Military Dude said...

As a former military man and a father of two now serving in the armed forces, I belive that ANY active military personnel should reap the benefits of TSA pre-check. I am grateful that we recognize and offer the military benefits in this country but this is certainly a small ask that would be relatively simple to setup.

B. Kramer said...

Boy, did you guys miss one... There are five service academies, not four. You forgot the US Merchant Marine Academy. What is truly sad is that this academy is administered under the Department of Transportation, just like the TSA. My son is a midshipman at the USMMA and he, like all of his fellow midshipmen have military obligations while attending and after graduation. Let's see TSA correct this oversight.