Thursday, February 9, 2012

TSA Pre-Check Program Comes to Honolulu

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Changes are coming to the security line at the Honolulu airport.

The Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of a program that allows some passengers to go through pre-screening to expedite their trip through security. The program is called TSA PreCheck, but uses a checkmark in the logo. The expansion follows a pilot program at seven airlines.

More than 336,000 passengers have already been screened through TSA Pre-Check, which enables passengers to undergo screening free of charge before they fly. After being identified as low risk, fliers acquire special passes that allow them to speedily pass through security without removing shoes or belts.

TSA PreCheck is currently operating with American Airlines at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and with Delta Air Lines at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines are all opting in new passengers and will begin operations later this year.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the expansion of the program “part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security.”

“Immediately after the attacks of 9/11, we simply did not have the information and analytic capability to identify travelers who posed the greatest potential risk and so we had to take a one-size-fits-all approach.” Napolitano said during a press conference this morning at Reagan National. “Our experience over the past several years has made us smarter about the evolving threats we face and how best to deal with them.”

TSA PreCheck will be implemented at the following airports this year: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Denver International Airport (DEN), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Indianapolis International Airport (IND), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Portland International Airport (PDX), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

See for more information.