TSA screening will become easier for new groups of federal employees eligible for the Pre-Check program. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP)
Getting through the screening lines at the airport will soon be a lot easier for hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilians and Coast Guard employees, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
The agency is expanding its Pre-Check program — which allows its participants to go through security checkpoints without having to take off shoes, belts or jackets — to include civilian employees at DoD and the Coast Guard beginning April 15.
The program is already open to service members and members of the Customs and Border Protection trusted-traveler program
TSA spokesman Jim McKinney said the expansion is in line with TSA’s partnership with the military and is part of a risk-based approach to airport security. Participants just need to use their DoD identification credentials.
“TSA continuously looks for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” McKinney said.