TSA travel tip: TSA Pre✓™ for Active Duty Military

Deployments can be stressful on both members and their families. Our friends over at the Transportation Security Administration appreciate the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make and offer up the following information on TSA Pre✓™ for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces to make your time at the airport just a little less stressful.

Written by Transportation Security Administration Public Affairs.

Promotrional grpahic for TSA precheck for active duty military.Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are entrusted to protect the security and values of citizens with their lives and as such TSA recognizes that these members pose very little risk to aviation security. As part of our intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security TSA offers TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening benefits to active duty service members at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI), Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), Denver International (DEN), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), Honolulu International (HNL), Lambert-St. Louis International (STL), Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Ted Stevens Anchorage (ANC) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Eligible service members include U.S. Armed Forces service members including reservist and National Guard members, who possess a valid Common Access Card.

Active duty service members should present their valid CAC ID to the TSA Travel Document Checker, along with their boarding pass, in the TSA Pre✓™ lane. The TSA Travel Document Checker will scan the CAC ID to verify the traveler’s status as an active U.S. service member. If TSA can verify service members are active and in good standing with the Department of Defense they will then receive expedited screening benefits such as no longer removing the following items:

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • Belt


Service members should use the following checkpoints to see if they qualify for TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI): D Checkpoint
  • Charlotte Douglas International (CLT): Main Terminal, Checkpoint B
  • Denver International (DEN): South Checkpoint
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL): Main Checkpoint, North Checkpoint
  • Honolulu International (HNL): Main Terminal, Checkpoint 3
  • Lambert-St. Louis International (STL): Terminal C Checkpoint
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA): North Pier Gates 35-45, South Pier Gates 10-22
  • Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA): Checkpoint 3
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage (ANC): South Terminal
  • Washington Dulles International (IAD): Main Terminal, TSA Pre ✓™ Checkpoint


Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to take advantage of TSA Pre✓™ benefits and family members ages 12 and under can process through expedited screening as well, as they already receive modified screening procedures at airports nationwide.

By expanding TSA Pre✓™ to active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, TSA is able to focus its resources and improve the passenger experience at security checkpoints. While nothing would ever guarantee expedited screening – TSA must retain a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system – the testing of this concept holds the potential to significantly change the travel experience for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information on TSA Pre✓™ for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces or other benefits available to military personnel, injured service members, veterans and wounded warriors, please visit the TSA website and stay tuned to Coast Guard All Hands for future TSA travel tips.

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