YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Civilian Defense Department and Coast Guard employees will soon be eligible for the same expedited screening that service members receive at 115 U.S. airports.
Beginning April 15, some 800,000 DoD and Coast Guard civilians will be able to "opt in" to the Transportation Security Administration's pre-check expedited screening program, according to an American Forces Press Service news release. All military and Coast Guard personnel, including those in the reserves and the National Guard, already are eligible for the program, which began in March 2012.
Participating members can keep shoes, light outerwear and belts on during preflight screening, and can keep laptops inside their cases. They also may have a compliant liquids and gels bag in a carry-on bag in select screening lanes, officials said.
To participate in the program, DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees first must opt in online at: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect, officials said.
Military personnel and DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees who want expedited screening must also provide their DoD identification number -- the 10-digit number on the back of their common access card -- when making travel reservations, officials said.