TSA to provide additional expedited screening benefits for Wounded Warriors
POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:04pm
Washington, D.C. — Starting today at airports nationwide, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will offer expedited screening to severely injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to offering curb to gate service for our nation’s Wounded Warriors, these individuals will also be eligible to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats.
Christina Gardner, retired U.S. Army, and service dog, Mox recently flew from Portland, ME, to Washington, DC escorted by TSA Officer Michelle Pascale at DCA through the Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Program. The Program facilitates the movement of severely injured service members and veterans and can be reached via e-mail at MSIJSOC@dhs.gov or toll free at (888) 262-2396.
“In recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, we have revised our screening requirements to allow expedited screening for this trusted group of citizens,” said John Halinski, TSA’s Deputy Administrator and 25-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
To be eligible for this service, a Wounded Warrior or traveling companion should email the Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center, MSIJSOC@dhs.gov, or call 1-888-262-2396 with itinerary information for the traveling party. Traveling companions will receive standard screening.
More than 10,000 veterans – nearly 25 percent of the Transportation Security Officer workforce – serve on TSA’s front line securing our Nation’s transportation sector. Through our Wounded Warrior Screening program, established in 2005, TSA works to make the overall experience for wounded service members as simple and trouble-free as possible.
TSA has long provided expedited screening for all members of our military. At airport checkpoints nationwide, U.S. service personnel in uniform with proper identification, whether traveling on official orders or not, are not required to remove their shoes or boots unless they alarm our technology.