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tsa_transportation_security_administration_logo_nyreblog_com_.gifTSA Pre✓™ Hits 3 Million Mark

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This week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the agency has screened more than 3 million travelers through TSA Pre™ lanes. TSA Pre™ is currently available in 26 airports and operational with five airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways.

TSA Pre™ is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs on participating airlines and current members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

"We are pleased that traveler participation in TSA Pre™ continues to grow as we work towards our goal of reaching 35 airports by the end of this year." said TSA Associate Administrator Doug Hofsass. "We anticipate that TSA Pre™ will screen a total of about 5 million passengers by the end of 2012, a key milestone as TSA strives to implement a more risk-based approach to security and facilitate the process for those travelers deemed low-risk."

TSA has expanded TSA Pre™ benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Charlotte Douglas International, Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports. In addition to TSA Pre™, TSA has implemented other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and 75 and older.

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA's multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

For more information about TSA's risk-based security initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov .