TSA Begins Expedited
Screening At McCarran International Airport
By Eddy Metcalf
December 14, 2011 - Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole
announced on Wednesday the start of TSA Pre operations
at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, and that
US Airways will offer TSA Pre to eligible passengers in
early 2012. These initiatives mark the implementation of
more key components of the agency’s intelligence-driven,
risk-based approach to security.
The TSA Pre initiative enhances security by placing more
focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer
information about themselves prior to flying in order to
potentially expedite the travel experience.
am encouraged by the positive passenger feedback and
early results from this risk-based security initiative,
and look forward to working with our airline and airport
partners as we continue expanding and testing this
concept,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
system enables our officers to expedite the screening process
for passengers we know the most about, while better focusing
their efforts on higher-risk and unknown passengers. As we
continue to implement a system with multiple layers of security
to keep the traveling public safe, we are dedicated to providing
the most effective security in the most efficient way.”
determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening
through the TSA Pre vetting process, information will be
embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA
will read the barcode at the checkpoint and the passenger may be
referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening,
which could include no longer removing the following items;
Shoes, 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on, Laptop from bag, Light
outerwear/jacket and Belt.
always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures
throughout the airport and no individual will be 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.
TSA uses pre-screening capabilities to make intelligence-based risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily opt in to the TSA Pre program and are flying domestically out of a participating airport, on a participating airline. Currently eligible participants include certain frequent flyers from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines as well as members of the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS, who are U.S. citizens and are flying on participating airlines.
Approximately 140,000 passengers have been screened through TSA Pre since it began in October at Dallas/Fort Worth International, Miami International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airports. TSA recently announced plans to expand the program for passengers flying on Delta out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and flying on American at Los Angeles International Airport in early 2012.
In addition to US
Airways, TSA recently announced that United Airlines will be
participating in TSA Pre, with timing and participating airports to be
announced at a future date. Building on its initial success, TSA will
continue expanding the pilot to include additional airlines, as well as
other airports that participate in CBP’s Global Entry program, once
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