The following release was sent by Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein:
As of 4 a.m. tomorrow morning (November 5), a new TSA PreCheck lane will be available at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport at the Concourse C Checkpoint, which allows passengers to access Concourse A, B or C.
This expansion doubles the number of locations for passengers at BWI to access TSA PreCheck lanes. The TSA PreCheck lanes also are available at the D Concourse Checkpoint.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 19 million passengers have experienced
TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.
"The Concourse C Checkpoint is one of the best kept secrets at the airport," explained TSA's BWI Federal Security Director Andrea R. Mishoe. "First of all, it offers passengers access to Concourses A, B and C. Second, it's a fairly short walk from the checkpoints at Concourse A and B. Third, there is rarely a line at Concourse C Checkpoint and the short walk from the checkpoints at Concourse A or B makes it worth the walk for a shorter wait. And now the Concourse C Checkpoint offers TSA PreCheck, so it's a checkpoint where qualified passengers can get expedited screening.
"The tip of the day is to use the checkpoint at Concourse C to get to your gate if you are flying out of Concourses A, B or C to get TSA PreCheck privileges or to avoid the longer lines at the other checkpoints," Mishoe said.
Passengers who are flying out of Concourse D, already have a TSA PreCheck lane there and TSA expects to add yet another TSA PreCheck lane to the Concourse A Checkpoint in the near future when Southwest is operationally ready to offer TSA PreCheck. Currently passengers ticketed to fly out of BWI on American, Delta, United and US Airways should look on their boarding pass to see if it indicates that they are eligible for expedited screening via the TSA PreCheck lanes at BWI.
Earlier this fall, TSA announced that it would expand TSA PreCheck to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40 (which included BWI), bringing the total number of airports with TSA PreCheck to 100. Currently 97 airports around the country have TSA PreCheck lanes.
"As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible," Mishoe said. "Expanding TSA Pre PreCheck to more locations at BWI enables many more passengers across the Baltimore-Washington region to experience expedited screening."
If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA PreCheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA PreCheck lane. Many participating airlines already print a TSA PreCheck indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
Passengers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines, U.S. Citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program and passengers traveling on a participating airline who TSA proactively prescreens using its Secure Flight system. Later this year, TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA PreCheck.
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