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TSA expands faster airport screening for troops

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The TSA will expand expedited security screening for service members on both official and leisure travel to all 100 airports that use the program starting on December 20th, according to the Army Times.

The program had previously been limited to 10 airports.

The faster screening will be available to all members of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, the National Guard and Reserves.

Expedited screening excuses service members from having to take off their footwear or light outerwear or remove laptop computers from their cases. They also will not have to unpack “3-1-1- compliant” carry-on bags, which permits liquids in bottles of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less, as long as they are stored in a clear plastic, quart-sized zip-lock bag inside the carry-on bag.

The new process established under the agreement allows all service members to use their DoD identification number when making reservations. That will be used as their “known traveler number” to grant them access to the expedited screening lanes when they get to the airport.

Read more at the Army Times.