Members of military now allowed to keep shoes, jackets on at Sea-Tac screenings

Screening at Sea-Tac International Airport (File photo, KCPQ-TV)

Members of the military who fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will no longer have to take off their shoes or jackets or take their laptops out of cases as part of an expedited screening process that began Tuesday.

The only other U.S. airport that currently expedites screening for active-duty members of U.S. service members is  Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration recently set up expedited screening at Sea-Tac and other airports for select frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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“TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense to further streamline screening for active-duty service members, a trusted population,” a TSA statement said, adding that military members “post little risk to aviation security.”

Members of the military can present their Common Access Cards (CAC) to a TSA officer in front of the screening lane, where it will be scanned to see if they qualify for expedited screening. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform.

The benefits include being able to leave shoes and light jackets on, being allowed to keep laptops in their cases and being able to keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags in carry-on baggage.