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Landrieu: TSA Pre-Check Coming to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PRE program is coming to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) airport. TSA Pre expedites screening for participating passengers while allowing TSA to focus on passengers about whom the agency has less information. 

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Landrieu included $10 million for TSA PRE in the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which was included in the year-end federal spending bill. This support is part of her ongoing effort to transform TSA by implementing a more passenger-friendly, risk-based approach toward security.

“I welcome the expansion of the TSA pre-check program to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport,” Sen. Landrieu said. “I am happy that Louisiana travelers will be able to take advantage of this time-saving initiative while continuing to travel with confidence in their personal security.”

In the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, Sen. Landrieu also included a provision requiring the Government Accountability Office to review TSA’s policies and procedures for passenger complaint resolution, as well as improve training for Transportation Security Officers to screen passengers with medical conditions, mobility devices, or special needs. Senator Landrieu also placed an emphasis on strengthening security by funding 250 additional Advanced Imaging Technology units, 145 new behavior detection officers, 20 additional canine teams, and 12 additional multi-modal Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams.

Background on Pre

Eligible TSA Pre participants undergo a vetting process and then have information embedded in their boarding passes that TSA will read at security checkpoints. Participants may then be directed to a TSA Pre lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing shoes, belts, and laptops. Eligible participants include frequent flyers from participating airlines as well as members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs who are U.S. citizens and fly on a participating airline.  More than 336,000 passengers have been screened to date through TSA Pre lanes. 

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