SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An expedited passenger screening procedure instituted last month at Lindbergh Field and other airports around the country will be offered to active-duty military personnel before the Christmas holiday, the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday.
The TSA Precheck program allows eligible passengers to keep their their belt, shoes and light outerwear on as they go through security checkpoints. They can also leave liquids, gels and laptop computers in their bags.
Right now, the only eligible passengers for the TSA Precheck program are U.S. citizens enrolled in in frequent flier programs and those invited by participating airlines; U.S. citizens who are members of Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's Nexus program.
The TSA announced an agreement with the Department of Defense that will expand eligibility to active-duty military -- including reservists, and Coast Guard and National Guard personnel -- at 100 airports, including Lindbergh Field, beginning Dec. 20. Armed forces members can use TSA Precheck currently at 10 airports elsewhere in the country, but not San Diego.
Passengers enrolled in TSA Precheck have an indicator embedded in the bar code of their boarding pass, enabling them to use separate screening lanes, which they can pass through while keeping , according to the TSA.
"Expanding TSA Precheck screening benefits is great news for our service members and is a tangible sign of this nation's gratitude for the men and women who serve this nation bravely each and every day," said Mary Snavely-Dixon, director, Defense Manpower Data Center. "We will continue to work with the Transportation Security Administration to help expand this program further."
Military personnel will need to enter their Department of Defense identification number when making reservations to get the correct bar code.
Participating carriers so far include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to participate in the future.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."