DATE: December 12, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck operations to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Under TSA PreCheck U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Delta Air Lines frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane is located in Terminal 2 at the East Checkpoint.
TSA PreCheck 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 4.6 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck is now available in 34 airports for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers.
“TSA PreCheck is yet another security and service improvement for the traveling public in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood,” said TSA Federal Security Director Tim Lewis. “TSA PreCheck will allow expedited screening and a more convenient security experience for those passengers we know the most 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. As of November 15, Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA PreCheck. Individuals interested in participating can apply by visiting www.globalentry.gov.
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA PreCheck pre-screening 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 be referred to the TSA PreCheck 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 PreCheck benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Charlotte Douglas International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Honolulu International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Seattle-Tacoma International and Washington Dulles International airports. Other TSA risk-based security measures, in addition to TSA PreCheck, include 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.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International is the fourth airport in Florida with TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck is available at Miami with Alaska and American, at Orlando with Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways, and at Tampa with Delta.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. TSA’s workforce is comprised of approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at www.tsa.gov.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
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