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TSA relaxes screening for ‘wounded warriors’


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Wounded veterans and active-duty troops will move through airport-security with a bit more ease starting starting this week due to a new airport-security policy.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that it would immediately allow “Wounded Warriors” to wear shoes, light jackets and hats through security checkpoints as long as they contact TSA before traveling. Those individuals are also eligible for curb-to-gate assistance from TSA, the agency said.

“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 TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski, a Marine Corps veteran.

Members of the House Homeland Security committee applauded the TSA decision.

“We owe a great deal to our men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Transportation Security subcommittee. “The least we can do is ensure they are treated with the highest dignity and respect.”

Hudson also said that the new TSA policy “builds upon other changes promoted by the Homeland Security Committee,” including a House bill that expedited screening for active-duty military personnel traveling on official orders.

President Obama signed that legislation into law in January 2012.

This year, the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) proposed a bill that would have required TSA to implement the policy changes the agency announced on Wednesday.

Gabbard said the new TSA policy “upholds the highest levels of security while affording a trusted group of citizens the dignity and respect they deserve.”


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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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