(Part 3 of 4)
The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1:
Travel Assistance for Wounded Warriors, Military Leisure Travel, and Gate Passes for Military Families
This is the third part of my Blog series entitled “The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1.” In Part 1 of this Blog article, I shared tips on the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, including exemptions such as medical liquids, breast milk / infant formula, and juice. In Part 2 of this Blog article, I shared additional tips on traveling with children, and traveling with a medical disability.
This segment actually is not specifically about the 3-1-1 liquid rules, but will highlight specific TSA tips for members of our military, including leisure travel and deployment tips.
We honor our military service members for their sacrifice in defending our country and our freedom. I am so glad to learn of accommodations that the TSA has in place to assist our military travelers.
The TSA offers special assistance to “Injured, wounded service members, veterans and Wounded Warriors.”
Military members may contact:
- TSA Cares line at 1-855-787-2227
- Toll Free, Weekdays 8 AM – 11 PM EST
- Weekends and Holidays 9 AM – 8 PM EST
- Federal Relay: 711
- Email: TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov
When Wounded Warriors contact the TSA, their status will be verified with their military branch of service. After verification, Wounded Warriors are approved to use TSA Pre✓® expedited screening lines at participating airports. Wounded Warrior status must be designated by the military branch to be eligible to participate.
Travel Tip #14: Wounded Warriors who have been verified by the TSA may use the TSA Pre✓® lines at airports.
TSA Pre✓® is a great benefit for travelers who have passed a high level of screening and are found to pose a lower security threat.
TSA Pre✓® travelers:
- are allowed to keep on their shoes and belts
- do not need to remove laptops from carry-on luggage
- do not need to remove the 3-1-1 bag from carry-on luggage
- do not need to remove light jackets
- may be allowed to go through the metal detector instead of the imaging scanner
(more about TSA Pre✓® in the next installment of this Blog, Part 4).
The TSA states that “Injured service members/veterans requesting assistance” will also “receive proper assistance” when requested, as given to other travelers with disabilities (see Part 2 of this Blog: “The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1: Support for Travelers with Disabilities”).
TSA Pre✓® benefit for Active Duty Military members.
Travel Tip #15: Current Active Duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and including National Guard, Coast Guard, and Reserves) may use TSA Pre✓® expedited lines at airports.**
- **To be eligible, your military Department of Defense number must be entered at the time of flight purchase.
- If you have a frequent flier account, this number may be added to your profile to assist with future bookings. Check with your air carrier for details.
- Family members ages 12 and under can accompany the military member through TSA Pre✓®
Airport Gate Passes for Military Family Members
It can be so meaningful to have the opportunity to send off (or welcome home) your military family member before (and after) deployment. Since TSA security allows only ticketed passengers up to the airport gates, I thought these touching moments were a thing of the past.
The TSA states that Gate Passes are allowed for family members to “accompany a military service member being deployed to the boarding gate or greet them returning from deployment at the arrival.”
Their instructions are to: “Contact the air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport to obtain passes and instructions.”
Let’s spread the word so we can properly support our troops in deployment!
For further information, please refer to the TSA bulletin: TSA Benefits and Assistance for US Armed Forces
Have you seen members of our military while traveling? Please take a moment to thank them for their service! Do you have any stories to share about military travel? Please share your thoughts with us below!
- In Part 1 of this Blog article, I shared tips on the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, including exemptions such as medical liquids, breast milk / infant formula, and juice.
- In Part 2 of this Blog article, I shared additional tips on traveling with children, and traveling with a medical disability.
- In Part 4 of this Blog article, I will wrap up with Trusted Traveler Programs including TSA Pre✓® and Global Entry.
All information is up to date as of the date of publishing of this article, January 2015.