[Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: FYI FW: Tips to Streamline Summer Travel

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Fri Jun 1 01:44:54 UTC 2012

>Dear Members of Tsa's Disability Coalition:
>Please feel free to share the following 
>information with your members and constituents.
>Thank you.
>TSA's Disability Branch
>Top of Form
>TSA Shares Tips to Streamline Summer Travel
>TSA Public Affairs
>WASHINGTON – As more than 
><http://www.airlines.org/Pages/news_5-9-2012.aspx>200 million
>passengers begin their summer travel, the 
>Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 
>reminds travelers of recent modifications to 
>airport screening procedures and provides tips for travel preparations.
>As part of TSA’s 
>security approach, the agency has implemented 
>changes in screening protocols that strengthen 
>aviation security by better focusing its 
>resources and, at the same time, improving the 
>travel experience for lower risk passengers. 
>Summer travelers may be able to take advantage 
>of these modifications at airports across the country.
>The changes include the implementation last fall 
>of modified screening procedures for passengers 
>12 and younger. Passengers 12 and younger can 
>now leave their shoes on during security 
>screening. These new screening procedures also 
>include permitting an additional pass through 
>advanced imaging technology to clear any alarms, 
>as well as greater use of explosives trace detection.
>Additionally, TSA recently concluded a modified 
>screening pilot program for passengers aged 75 
>and older. As the program proceeds toward full 
>implementation, passengers 75 and older will 
>undergo similar modified screening procedures to 
>those 12 and under and will be able to leave on 
>a light jacket or outerwear when passing through 
>security. Passengers 75 and older may see these 
>procedures in place as they travel this summer.
>TSA anticipates these changes will further 
>reduce – though not eliminate – the need for a 
>physical pat-down for these passengers. However, 
>the agency reminds travelers that they may be 
>required to remove their shoes or undergo a 
>pat-down if anomalies are detected during 
>security screening that cannot be resolved through other means.
>Last fall, the agency also launched 
>Pre✓™. To date, TSA Pre✓™ has provided 
>expedited screening to more than one million 
>passengers and is currently available at 15 
>airports, with plans to expand to more airports 
>and airlines throughout 2012.
>As the busy summer travel season gets underway, 
>TSA reminds passengers to prepare for the 
>security check-in process before arriving at the 
>airport. Passengers can find travel tips and a 
>list of allowed and prohibited items on 
><http://www.tsa.gov/>www.tsa.gov. Passengers 
>with smartphones are also encouraged to visit 
><http://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/>TSA’s mobile 
>site or <http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-tsa/id380200364?mt=8>download
>the “MyTSA” app. Passengers can access 
>helpful information about TSA policies and 
>procedures including the “Can I Bring” 
>feature that allows passengers to type the name 
>of any item to see if it is allowed to be carried through the checkpoint.
>As an added convenience, the 
>Contact Center (TCC) recently extended its 
>hours, and representatives are now available 
>Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Eastern time, 
>and nd weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 
>p.m. Eastern time. Passengers can contact the 
>TCC with questions about TSA procedures, 
>upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice 
>concerns. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673.
>Travelers and families of passengers with 
>disabilities or medical conditions may call the 
>Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227, 72 
>hours prior to traveling with any questions 
>about screening policies, procedures and what to 
>expect at the security checkpoint. A TSA Cares 
>helpline representative is available during all TSA Contact Center hours.
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