LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Starting Wednesday at airports nationwide, including Reagan National, Dulles and BWI, the Transportation Security Administration will offer expedited screenings to severely injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Curb-to-gate service and the ability to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, jackets or hats will be part of the TSA’s new program for wounded warriors.
This announcement comes just days after a March 13 incident at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix that produced reports of a wheelchair-bound Marine being mistreated by TSA workers, according to the Marine Corps Times. Some news outlets said the man was made to remove his prosthetics, though the TSA has denied those claims.
“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 John Halinski, a Marine Corps veteran and TSA’s Deputy Administrator.
To be eligible for the new service, a wounded warrior or traveling companion should email the Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center, MSIJSOC@dhs.gov, or call 1-888-262-2396 with itinerary information for the traveling party. Traveling companions will receive standard screening.
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