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TSA Pre✓™ Begins at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston

HOUSTON, July 24, 2012 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre✓™ operations at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). At IAH, select United Airlines frequent flyers and members of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

TSA Pre✓™ – a passenger prescreening initiative – is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 1.8 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 19 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent flyers.

“The addition of TSA Pre✓™ at IAH allows our Transportation Security Officers to help move our agency to a more effective , counterterrorism organization,” said Ann Testa, Federal Security Director for Houston Intercontinental Airport. “This intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to passenger screening, allows us to move away from a one-size fits all approach and spend more time screening passengers we know little about.”

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. IAH has a CBP Enrollment Center on site. Individuals interested in applying should visit www.globalentry.gov.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ prescreening process, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and the passenger may referred to the TSA Pre✓™ lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

TSA has expanded TSA Pre✓™ benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports. In addition to TSA Pre✓™, TSA has implemented other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and 75 and older. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

For more information about TSA’s risk-based security initiative, visit www.tsa.gov.

Media Contact:
Luis Casanova
TSA Public Affairs
214-604-9669

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