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TSA’s Pre Check coming to Reagan National for active duty service members
Active duty service members with a Common Access Card (CAC) will soon be eligible for TSA’s expedited Pre Check security program at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, said the Department of Defense on March 8.
The program will be implemented as part of a Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration program, it said.
TSA is expanding its Pre Check trusted traveler program to include active duty service members and activated Guard and Reserve members traveling on domestic flights out of the airport, TSA and DoD officials announced on a conference.
In the coming weeks, said DoD, eligible service members in uniform or not, will be able to present a valid common access card (CAC) to a TSA officer in the Pre-Check lane to see if they qualify for expedited screening, according to a TSA spokesman.
If they qualify, they’ll be able to pass through security without having to remove certain items, such as shoes or boots, belt, jacket or laptops, said the agency.
TSA continues to explore Pre-Check’s expansion to additional groups who could benefit from expedited screening, such as military family members, said the spokesman.
The TSA and DoD selected Reagan National because of the airport’s high volume of military travelers. On average, according to TSA, more than 400 service members fly out of the airport each day.
TSA has been steadily expanding the Pre Check program for commercial travelers. It said it has successfully screened more than 460,000 passengers since the program’s launch late last year. The program is currently operational in nine airports, with plans to expand to a total of 35 by the end of the year.