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Feb 18, 2013 5:45 PM by Andy Koen

No waiting at DIA security checkpoint for active duty military

DENVER - It's now faster for all active duty military members to fly from Denver International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that member of the US Armed Forces are eligible to use the Pre-Check express lane at the airport's South Security Checkpoint.

Passengers who choose to volunteer information about themselves can also use the expedited screening experience when traveling at participating airports. There's no need to take off your shoes, coats or belts. Laptops and small bottles of shampoo can remain in carry-on bags without being removed.

Denver is the 7th airport in the US to extend the benefit to service members. In a news release Thursday, TSA Federal Security Director James Schear, who is also a retired Navy Rear Admiral, welcomed the change for Colorado military members.

"These brave men and women serve their country every day, so it makes sense to grant them eligibility for expedited checkpoint screening," Schear said.

The TSA and the Department of Defense began working together in March of 2012 to streamline the screening process. Other participating airports include Charlotte Douglas International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Honolulu International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Seattle-Tacoma International and Washington Dulles.

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