Hat tip to Travelblawg, who let us know that as of December 20th, 2013, the TSA will allow all active duty, reserve, and national guard military personnel will have access to TSA Precheck lanes at the over 100 airports which currently offer it. Until then, unless you already have TSA Precheck, only 10 current airports support this. This is huge! No more waiting in long security lines, and no more taking off your shoes, belt, jacket, and unloading your laptop and liquids into a separate bin; those things are not required in the Precheck lane!
Unfortunately, it will only apply to the servicemember and any children 12 and under; spouses are not included in these changes – they will need to get TSA Precheck separately (which I discuss here).
What should you do in preparation? On your CAC card, there is a number on the back called the DOD ID; write down that number. Log on to all your frequent flyer accounts, and under account information, there should be a tab called “Known Traveler ID”. Put your DOD ID number into that field, and after Dec 20th, it will say on your boarding pass (paper or electronic) that you are TSA Precheck, and the TSA personnel will direct you to that lane if the airport has it.
Also, according to Travelblawg, if you are a wounded service member travelling, “TSA wants to remind the American public about the Wounded Warrior Screening program. This program makes the overall experience for wounded service members as simple as possible. This includes personalized service and expedited screening to move through security checkpoints without having to remove footwear, light outerwear, jackets or head wear. Wounded warriors or their care coordinators can contact TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with details of the itinerary once flight arrangements are made with the airline.”
Bottom Line: Even more perks that we can take advantage of as servicemembers – make sure you add your DOD ID to your frequent flyer accounts (and sign up for accounts if you haven’t been!).