Starting later in 2013, U.S. citizens will be able to apply online and provide identification and fingerprints for TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. The TSA Pre✓™ application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an anticipated enrollment fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and the opportunity to go through TSA Pre✓™ lanes at security checkpoints at participating airports.
At a TSA Disability Coalition meeting in September 2013, TSA staff at Reagan National Airport demonstrated the procedures. Though Paralyzed Veterans of America had been told that a pat-down would not be part of the TSA Pre✓ process, the staff said they had been trained to do a “modified” pat-down, i.e., no turning down of waist band or hands under the seat. Reports from people with disabilities already participating in the program differ – some report faster and less intrusive checks, others say it is faster but no different as far as the pat-downs. Regardless, the TSA Pre✓ lines are generally shorter. Random security measures will continue and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
Information can be found at this link. Paralyzed Veterans would be interested in hearing about members’ experiences with the program; contact Maureen McCloskey at firstname.lastname@example.org.