Transportation Security Administration Administrator John S. Pistole announces expansion of Pre-Check at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
On February 21, 2013, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced the expansion of TSA Pre-Check (Pre✓™), the agency’s expedited screening program, to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).
By April 1, 2013, TSA Pre✓™ will be available to eligible passengers including U.S. citizens who have opted-in through Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways as well as those who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, www.globalentry.gov, SENTRI and NEXUS.
TSA Pre✓™ expedites the screening process by allowing passengers to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptops in cases and 3-1-1- compliant liquids in carry-on bags. For information on TSA Pre✓™ and enrolling in the program click on http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2
“Offering TSA Pre✓™ at airports is a key step to including more low risk travelers in the expedited screening process,” said TSA Administrator Pistole. “This pre-screening initiative helps the TSA focus its resources on those individuals we know less about, and strengthens our capabilities to ensure security for travelers when they fly.”
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport generates a $2.4 billion economic impact to the Austin area annually. Austin’s airport has nonstop service to 38 destinations in the U.S. and Mexico, 10 airline carriers, and served a record 9.4 million passengers in 2012. The airport is growing to meet the future needs of Austin with improvements ranging from terminal expansion to parking. Austin-Bergstrom is entirely self-sustaining, generating its own revenue to cover its operating costs. For more information, visit www.abia.org.