POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 8:41pm
WASHINGTON — Starting Wednesday at airports nationwide, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will offer expedited screening to severely injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
In addition to offering curb to gate service for Wounded Warriors, they will also be eligible to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats.
“In recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, we have revised our screening requirements to allow expedited screening for this trusted group of citizens,” said John Halinski, TSA’s Deputy Administrator and 25-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
To be eligible for this service, a Wounded Warrior or traveling companion should email the Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center, MSIJSOC@dhs.gov , or call 1-888-262-2396 with itinerary information for the traveling party. Traveling companions will receive standard screening.
Wounded Warriors may also enroll in TSA Pre✓™, a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who opt-in through a participating airline or enroll in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™.