Active-duty service members of the U.S. armed forces, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard and the Reserve Component, are eligible for expedited screening benefits through the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Precheck Program. As of Dec. 20, 2013, this program is available at more than 115 airports across the country.
How to use your TSA Precheck benefit
- Travel reservations can be made by using the Defense Travel System (for official travel) or through airline or travel websites (for leisure travel).
- Active-duty service members must enter their DoD ID number (the 10-digit number found on the back of the common access card) as the "known traveler number."
- If using the Defense Travel System, save your DoD ID number in the known traveler number field of your DTS profile to ensure you always participate in the program when on official travel.
- If making travel arrangements through a commercial travel office , when the travel agent asks you to verify your secure flight personal information (full name, birthdate, gender, etc.), provide your DoD ID number as the known traveler number. Commercial travel offices are not required to ask travelers for their known traveler number but will enter it in the reservation if the traveler volunteers the information.
- Boarding passes have TSA Precheck eligibility information embedded in the barcode. When scanned on the boarding pass scanner system in dedicated TSA Precheck security lanes, it will indicate if the traveler is eligible to use the program.
- Some participating airlines print a Precheck approved indicator on the boarding pass, while others do not. However, if you used your DoD ID number as the known traveler number when making your reservation, you may proceed to a dedicated Precheck security lane to check eligibility.
Benefits of the TSA Precheck Program
Expedited screening process benefits include no longer having to remove the following items:
- The 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- Laptop from bag
- Light outerwear, such as a jacket
Service members do not have to be in uniform to receive these benefits, and family members ages 12 and under can pass through expedited screening as well. Expedited boarding may not be guaranteed, as TSA will incorporate random security measures to best ensure passenger safety and prevent terrorist attacks.
For more information on the TSA Precheck Program for active-duty military, visit the TSA website.