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.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.