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TSA PreCheck to Begin Tomorrow at Tampa International Airport

July 9, 2012

TAMPA – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Security Director Gary Milano will address the media at Tampa International Airport (TPA) tomorrow to discuss the beginning of TSA Pre-Check, part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security.

TSA PreCheck is a passenger pre-screening initiative and at TPA select Delta frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs will be eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA PreCheck pre-screening process, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to the TSA PreCheck lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

To date, more than 1.7 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck. Tampa becomes the 17th airport in the nation where TSA PreCheck will be available.

WHO: Gary Milano, Federal Security Director, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security

WHAT: Remarks and photo/B-Roll opportunity

WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tampa International Airport, Meet at Airside E Tram Entrance at 10:15 for escort to checkpoint

NOTE: Interested media should RSVP to Sari.Koshetz@dhs.gov