(WASHINGTON) — The Transportation Security Administration announced this week it would provide expedited screening for injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The most significant change to the TSA’a existing Wounded Warriors program is now these individuals will be eligible to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats. This is similar to the policy for travelers over 75 and under 12.
The TSA will also continue to offer “curb-to-gate” service to ease the airport security screening process.
“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,” John Halinski, TSA’s deputy administrator and 25-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said in a statement.
The TSA said nearly 25 percent of its workforce is comprised of veterans.
The change comes on the heels of a letter from a California congressman to the TSA claiming a Marine was “humiliated” during a security screening in Phoenix.
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