The TSA Continues to Expand Pre✓


Us non-threatening folks are slippery, but security threats are something to hold on to. Yesterday, the increasing risk-based TSA announced they are expanding their yawning and paper shuffling (sorry, no pictures of food to attach) for expedited screening programs at 60 new airports. Are they getting tired of the proctologist’s view of security?

The total number of airports with TSA Pre✓™ is increasing to 100. It’s like an eruption of measles. Are we to slap the forehead and feel grateful?

The new airports “are expected to have TSA Pre✓™ lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year.” The agency is also expanding the “number of TSA Pre✓™ lanes and availability at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.”

The result will not be music, but it’s getting better.

The advantage of TSA Pre✓™ lies in the elimination of inconveniences. We’re allowed to wear our shiny black shoes, varsity-letter sweaters, NFL-logoed windbreakers, 62-inch belts and keep our MacBooks and compliant liquids stashed. It’s all cool.

The TSA Pre✓™ began in October 2011 and currently has more than 15 million users. No civil service exam required.

“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” TSA Administrator John S. Pistoled said in a press release dated Sept. 4, 2013, while opening the doors in his mind.

Eligibility for TSA Pre✓™ includes U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines. U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program also qualify for this country within a country.

They want us to think the TSA is like a national park, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, without the plumbing problem that is Yellowstone.

The press release also states: Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre✓™. Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.

Many participating airlines already print a TSA Pre✓™ indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening.

Of course, TSA agents motivated by an educated guess, or dumb luck, always have the right to randomly search any individual and no one is guaranteed expedited screening. It’s irrational to rule out the irrational, they figure.

The TSA employs “approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide.”

Here’s the list of upcoming TSA Pre✓™ locations. An asterisk denotes a current TSA Pre✓™ location.


Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport


Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport*


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport*
Tucson International Airport


Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (Little Rock)


Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
John Wayne Airport (Orange County)*
Long Beach Airport
Los Angeles International Airport*
Oakland International Airport
Ontario International Airport
Sacramento International Airport
San Diego International Airport
San Francisco International Airport*
San Jose International Airport


Colorado Springs Airport
Denver International Airport*


Bradley International Airport (Hartford)


Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport*
Jacksonville International Airport
Miami International Airport*
Orlando International Airport*
Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach)
Pensacola International Airport
Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers)
Tampa International Airport*


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport*
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport


Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (Hagåtña)


Honolulu International Airport*
Kahului Airport
Kona International Airport
Lihue Airport


Boise Airport


Chicago Midway International Airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport*


Indianapolis International Airport*


Des Moines International Airport


Wichita Mid-Continent Airport


Louisville International Airport


Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport


Portland International Jetport


Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport*


Boston Logan International Airport*


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport*
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (Grand Rapids)


Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport*


Kansas City International Airport
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport*


Eppley Airfield (Omaha)


McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)*
Reno-Tahoe International Airport

New Hampshire:

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

New Jersey:

Newark Liberty International Airport*

New Mexico:

Albuquerque International Sunport

New York:

Albany International Airport
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Greater Rochester International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)*
LaGuardia Airport (New York City)*
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Westchester County Airport

North Carolina:

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport*
Piedmont Triad International Airport (Greensboro)
Raleigh-Durham International Airport*


Akron-Canton Airport
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport*
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport*
Dayton International Airport
Port Columbus International Airport


Tulsa International Airport
Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City)


Portland International Airport*


Philadelphia International Airport*
Pittsburgh International Airport*

Puerto Rico:

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (San Juan)*

Rhode Island:

T. F. Green Airport (Providence)

South Carolina:

Charleston International Airport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Myrtle Beach International Airport


McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville)
Memphis International Airport*
Nashville International Airport*


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport*
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport*
Dallas Love Field
El Paso International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)*
San Antonio International Airport
William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)


Salt Lake City International Airport*


Norfolk International Airport
Richmond International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport*
Washington Dulles International Airport*


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport*
Spokane International Airport


Dane County Regional Airport (Madison)
General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)

The Tarmac’s View:  The more airports offering expedited screening, the better. Not only does it speed registered users through security, it diminishes security lines for non-registered passengers. Lines that often measure the length of a 777 wingspan. It also frees sharp-eyed TSA staff to dial in on the pathological cases who never entirely landed.


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Comments (Showing 3 of 3)

  • N830MH at 4:11am September 07, 2013

    Hey! Wait it minutes! I see a pictures. This guy who took a pictures in the parking garage at Sky Harbor International Airport at terminal 4. I can see that.

  • sky303 at 3:25pm September 09, 2013

    Glad to see ORF and RIC on the list. The one thing I always hate about going home from W&M to ATL is no PreCheck at the three area airports. No surprise though that PHF isn’t on the list.

  • Orion at 10:44pm September 09, 2013

    There has been no increase in hijackings since PRE first started, so it makes perfect sense to expand it. I like it. It is a win for everyone.

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