Yesterday, I took a common flight for me IAD-HNL. Going through IAD and going towards the Premium Passenger security line, the guy standing saw my military ID and said I was in the wrong place and should go through the TSA Pre-Check line. He told me that two months ago DoD signed all active duty up to use any TSA Pre-Check line not just the three for the test roll out. I know he said active duty, but I think the real deal is anyone with a CAC card including the Reserve and National Guard. I proceeded back up the escalator and another guy guided me to the TSA Pre-Check line in the middle of the terminal. It was just me and one other guy, so I am not ssure that the Government is getting their money’s worth out of this. I am finally getting used to the new rules for Pre-Check which are really the old rules prior to 9/11. Keep your shoes, belt, and jacket on and don’t worry about taking your laptop out or liquids in your bag.
Here is a list of airports:
Houston – Bush International
New York’s LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport
Salt Lake City
As far as I am concerned this is a great turn and I am really glad that this priviledge has been applied to all our service members rather than just frequent flyers. Pre-Check is currently offered at 27 airports with a goal of 35 airports by years end. Try it out next time you can.