Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Your DOD ID Can Shorten Your Wait at the Airport


Military person uses TSA Precheck image

Cross-posted from DHS.GOV

Taking leave this summer?  Even when traveling for personal time, military and DoD civilian members qualify for TSA Pre✓® –without any extra effort. 

Lately, longer than usual lines at the airport have been in the news as the nation prepares for the busiest summer travel season on record.  To reduce the amount of time waiting in lines, while making sure passengers are safe, TSA is encouraging eligible travelers to sign up for TSA Pre✓®.  All members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including cadets and midshipmen at the U.S. service academies, and those serving in the Reserves and National Guard, can receive TSA Pre✓® benefits just by using their Department of Defense identification number. 

Your DOD identification number works as your known traveler number, or KTN, for all of your travel, both personal and official.  Enter the 10 digit number, located on the back of your common access card (CAC), into the KTN field when you make flight reservations to receive TSA Pre✓® benefits. You should update your Defense Travel System profile with KTN as well for official travel.  If the number is not on your CAC, you can get the number on milConnect.

DoD civilians are also eligible to receive TSA Pre✓® benefits. They can opt-in through their profile page on the milConnect site. Once they opt-in, DoD civilians can then input their KTN in their travel bookings to receive TSA Pre✓® benefits.

When you make a reservation and include your KTN, a TSA Pre✓® indicator will appear on your boarding pass, letting you know that you can go to the TSA Pre✓® screening line. You cannot go straight to the TSA Pre✓® line with your CAC; you must enter the number when you book your travel.

Airline Ticket with KTN sample image

Additionally, you do not have to be in uniform to go through TSA Pre✓® using your DOD identification number.

That means you can leave your shoes, belt, and light jacket on through the screening process, and leave your laptop and liquids in your bag.  It helps you get through the line more efficiently, so your screening process is more predictable and less stressful. 

For more information, check out TSA.gov.

Military people are working on Airport gate image

 Cross-posted from DHS.GOV

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know why - when someone goes through the thorough background check, waiting, fingerprinting, 3-hour drive for a face-to-face interview to qualify for the GOES program - that person does not qualify for TSA Pre-Check.

Karl Coleman said...

What about letting Concealed Pistol License holders automatically qualify for PreCheck? They already have been finger printed and had a background check performed. They have been vetted by the government.

madeline dicarlo said...

WE CAN ONLY WAIT AND SEE HOW THIS WORKS.
I APPLAUD YOU FOR CHANGING THINGS AROUND

Anonymous said...

Does this apply to Military Retirees and their Spouses too? I have the Grey ID.

Anonymous said...

Why not do the same for those holding a TWIC card?

Jim Nys said...

What about retirees with ID cards- (No CAC card)

Dennis Lanagan said...

Could this privilege be extended to retired military members as they too have DOD ID numbers on their military ID cards.

Unknown said...

Why can't TWIC cards be used for the same purpose?

Stephen V Ibanez said...

Is this available to military retirees as well? We also have a DoD ID card.

Anonymous said...

My experience is that using anything other than a Driver's License lengthens the wait, as it guarantees that airport staff automatically re-route one to the line where every bag is inspected. This has happened 100% of the time when I presented the following Photo ID's: DHS-FEMA Photo ID, Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Photo ID (while in uniform), State Government Photo ID.

Annmarie said...

This is awesome! Does it also work for spouses/dependents using military ID?

RB said...

But not DOD Retired Military. 20 or more years of honorable service just isn't good enough for TSA.

Anonymous said...

If you come from out of country on a military flight and then have to catch commercial flight and you didn't register your CAC # can you still go through TSA Pre-Check if in uniform?

Anonymous said...

Do retired military qualify for the pre check using their ID card?

Anonymous said...

"Your DOD ID Can Shorten Your Wait at the Airport"
Does this apply to retired military with ID also? And what about spouse?

Steve McGillis said...

It sure would be nice if Retired military with an ID card could also get the automatic & free TSA Pre-Ck.

Fix the TSA said...

Who is "TSA Blog Team"? West? Lynn? Bob?

Nah, you have your Goigle Blogger accounts. Could this be one of the unnamed, unnumbered, unaccountable "HQ Elements" that West likes to blame for deleting comments?

Who are you?

What is your job at TSA?

Why are you posting blogs, but failing to approve comments?

Is Bob on vacation?

Is Lynn on vacation?

What does Lynn do for this blog? She wrote maybe one blog post in the past year or so.

Is West on vacation?

Are you trying to hide the "Screeners as Pawns" blog post from yesterday?

Why are contents from the taxpaying public being delayed and deleted, "HQ Element"?

How many "HQ Elements" are there with admin/posting/comment approval rights on this blog?

Is Bob not allowed to respond to comments by his boss or one of you "HQ Elements"?

Is West choosing himself not to reply to comments or is he ordered by his boss, Bob, Lynn, or an "HQ Element"?

Retired MP said...

Does this prescreen benefit apply to retired military service-members?

David Morgan said...

"You cannot go straight to the TSA Pre✓® line with your CAC; you must enter the number when you book your travel." This statement should have been in "bold" and repeated several times in this article. It will not be comprehended by all!!

Anonymous said...

Does this also include Military Retiree's ID Cards since it is issued by the DOD...

ACGJR said...

Does this also include Military Retiree's ID Cards since it is issued by the DOD...

Anonymous said...

DOD ID... does that include a retiree with a blue ID card, since we don't have a CAC anymore???

88DALEJR88 said...

Can retired Military opt into this also

Kelly Davenport
USAF Ret

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military & government civilians being included in pre-check, but not retired military who hold current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees with SSBI or equivalent have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk, as well as having reinvestigations every 7 years. 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 (other than a NAC - it basically only checks if there are outstanding warrants for you) is required to enlist in the military. 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...

Interesting, does this work for non-DoD employees who passed background checks with their respective Departments (DOS, USDA, HHS, NASA, etc.)?

william b mason jr said...

What about retired military?

Anonymous said...

How many "terrorists" did TSA thwart on domestic flights in the last 15 years? Wow, none! So, either they are doing a heck of a job scaring them off, OR, THERE WEREN'T ANY TO SCARE OFF.

Doug Mastin said...

What about for Police Officers wouldn't this program be good for them plus KTN Number could be assigned by TSA Based on their Police Dept.

Wayne Baxter said...

Do DOE Q clearance cards also work for this?

Anonymous said...

Are DoD contractors eligible?

Anonymous said...

Why is "precheck" not the standard, default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just the wealthy/elite/lucky?

Wouldn't screening everyone according to "precheck" standards completely eliminate the long lines TSA has created at airports all over America?

Anonymous said...

What about FEMA civilian employees using pre-check. They fly all over the country to support disasters.

Charles Tupper said...

How about a Department of Veterans Affairs CAC/PIV card?

RB said...

In the first image why is the person in military uniform showing the TSA screener at the WTMD an ID? Didn't the TDC do a good enough job?

Perhaps duplicating work is part of TSA's issue with long lines.

Senior over 65 said...

Can seniors over 65 get a precheck? If so please tell me how.

Thank you,
Senior

Eerosari said...

How about other Federal Employees with an HSPD12 ID?

Fix the TSA said...

West, does the TSA own and run www.tsatraveltips.us?

Anonymous said...

Tell us again how good your background checks are? http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/01/us/accused-war-criminal-works-at-dulles-airport/index.html

Unknown said...

Does this new policy apply to retired military officers and their spouses?..it souls eliminate the need to purchase TSA Global Entry cards for Pre-check.

Anonymous said...

Why is precheck not the standard, default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just the wealthy, elite, and lucky?

M. Lancaster said...

I just renewed my GA Driver's License and was only given a temporary paper license. It is color and looks like the real license. I don't have a passport or any other form of ID. I need to fly on Monday. Will this ID work?

Anonymous said...

Bob is on TDY to NYC for the Summer Months collecting his Per Diem and his room at the Hotel Waldorf Astoria.

GSOLTSO said...

Karl Coleman sez - "What about letting Concealed Pistol License holders automatically qualify for PreCheck? They already have been finger printed and had a background check performed. They have been vetted by the government."

Concealed Carry permits are mostly done by the individual states, not the Federal government (there are some CCW permits that are done by the Feds, but not nearly as many as those issued by the states). Some of the States do not recognize the CCWs from other States, and each individual State sets their own standards. This means there is no specific set standard for a CCW permit nationwide, making it a set of disconnected systems. Not all of the States wish to publish the names of CCW permit holders, and not all of the CCW permit holders wish to have their information made public for a number of reasons. At this point, using a CCW permit as a auto qualify is a much larger task than just tapping in and giving them a thumbs up based solely on that qualifier.

Anon sez - "Does this apply to Military Retirees and their Spouses too? I have the Grey ID."

Not as of this time. DHS/TSA has not placed this into effect, and I have heard of no current published plans to do so.

Anon sez - "Why not do the same for those holding a TWIC card?"

I have no information on the reasoning, I also have no information indicating that this is a plan for the future either.

Jim, Dennis, Stephen, Annmarie, 2 Anons, Steve, 2 more Anons, 88Dale, RetiredMP, ACGJR, William all asked some variation on retired military - at this time, there is no program allowing retired military to be automatically included in the program.

Fix sez - " that West likes to blame for deleting comments?"

I blame no one for deleting comments (unless they actually state they did so). I merely make observations about specific comments that you gave times and dates for.

For the record, Bob and Lynn are on the blog team. Other sources may give info or write up blog posts from time to time, but we are the three that have been here pretty much since the beginning.

Anon sez - "Interesting, does this work for non-DoD employees who passed background checks with their respective Departments (DOS, USDA, HHS, NASA, etc.)?"

Not that I am aware of, I find no published programs or plans for this to be the case (as of now).

Doug sez - "What about for Police Officers wouldn't this program be good for them plus KTN Number could be assigned by TSA Based on their Police Dept. "

This is not something that I have heard of, but there are other programs with LEOs (Federal and Local/State/City) that are in operation through cooperation with the parent departments. I do not see any posted information or programs for LEOs as of this time, and have not heard of one. Maybe that will change in the future, but I am not aware of that being on the drawing board.

West
TSA Blog Team




Fix the TSA said...

West, it is good that you replied to the American public's questions, but for questions about TWIC, retired military/families, other gov't employees, basically you state, "No one has told me, so I don't know" and not much else.

It appears from your replies (comments) that you may have looked at a gov't website or two, so how about links to where you looked so we can confirm what you say? How about further information that is available on the DHS or TSA website? How about contact information to people or groups within the DHS or TSA who can do something about these rules?

Instead of just saying, "I don't know," how about helping these hardworking, patriotic Americans?

(And you have stated previously that comments by the public that "you didn't see in the queue" were either sitting in the spam folder - which you wouldn't check - or may have been deleted by Bob, Lynn, or your mysterious "HQ elements".)

And will you please finally state exactly what Lynn currently does for this blog? Bob does the copy/paste posts, right? You approve/delete comments and reply once in a while, right?

Who creates the photo montages? Who creates the image of the table? If I have comments about those objects, I'd like to address the correct person.

GSOLTSO said...

Wayne sez - "Do DOE Q clearance cards also work for this?"

Not as of this time, and I do not see any published information indicating that this is something in the works.

Fix sez - "Is West on vacation?"

Why, yes, yes I was. For a whole two weeks! It was wonderful and refreshing, I highly recommend it if you have the chance! It is nice to be missed.

Fix sez - "Is West choosing himself not to reply to comments or is he ordered by his boss, Bob, Lynn, or an "HQ Element"?"

My commentary (or lack thereof) is due to time constraints - my primary job is to work the floor at GSO, the blog is a collateral duty that I have been performing for several years. If you would like, you could recommend to HQ that I do more work for the blog, I am always happy to do more if possible.

Anon sez - "Are DoD contractors eligible?"

Not as of this time, and I have no published information that indicates that will change any time soon.

Anon sez - "What about FEMA civilian employees using pre-check. They fly all over the country to support disasters."

Not as of this time, I do not see any published information indicating that this will change any time soon. We have some FEMA reps that leave out of here from time to time and they are not Pre as a rule.

Charles sez - "How about a Department of Veterans Affairs CAC/PIV card?"

Not as of this time, and I do not see any published information indicating that this will change any time soon.

RB sez - "In the first image why is the person in military uniform showing the TSA screener at the WTMD an ID? Didn't the TDC do a good enough job?"

Some airports still have a process in place where the boarding pass is displayed at the WTMD/AIT - it is not as widespread as it used to be, but it is still in use at some locations... Of course, this could simply be a staged photo used for the article.

Eerosauri sez - "How about other Federal Employees with an HSPD12 ID?"

Not all of them.

Fix sez - "West, does the TSA own and run www.tsatraveltips.us?"

Not to my knowledge. Fairly safe bet that it is not owned or operated by TSA/DHS, as it is not a .gov site.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

This had actually been a thing. For at least 3 years.

Anonymous said...

Is this a recent change? Because I've flown on the Patriot Express out of Baltimore a number of times & every last service person was required to take off boots etc to go thru a regular screening process.

Anonymous said...

They do, you have to give the airline your known traveler number when booking your ticket.

Unknown said...

Not in my experience. Last time we flew as a family, my husband got to go through the precheck line and I had to take myself and our 3 small children through the regular line. To me, it would have been better if they had taken all of us...or, not taken any of us. I could have really used his help to get through with the kids.

Robert Fox said...

Well now it's good to see that those of us that That have fought and risked everything for this country don't qualify tho keep or shoes on just because we retired from that profession. "Well thank you for your service sir, but since you no longer serve you might have a bomb inside your shoe. Even though there are decades worth of documentation of your loyalty to this county."

Tash said...

How does paying $80 to have background checks run on you and fingerprinting done translate into wealthy or elite?

DarkMage said...

One question above that was maybe missed by West, which I cannot find an answer to anywhere: I'm a DoD Civilian, and my wife has a base access card with a barcode that (I think) decodes into a EDI-PI. Can She use the program, too? Does it apply to DoD Civilians and their spouses?