TSA Tests New Airport Check-in System – USA Today

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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Airport check-ins for passengers are heading for higher technological ground.

The machines are geared to recognize all valid identification, ranging from driver's licenses to tribal IDs and U.S. and foreign passports.

The machines are geared to recognize all valid identification, ranging from driver's licenses to tribal IDs and U.S. and foreign passports

The Transportation Security Administration is testing a system that checks identification and boarding passes by machine rather than the standard visual check by officers.

The tests began last week at Washington-Dulles International Airport and will start Tuesday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and April 23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The review will last several months, gauging such things as how fast passengers move through the line and how accurate the machines are.

While TSA officers have been checking identification with black lights and magnifying glasses, the machines are geared to recognize all valid identification, ranging from driver’s licenses to tribal IDs and U.S. and foreign passports.

TSA hopes the machines will do a more efficient job weeding out fraudulent documents and getting passengers to their planes.

“For efficiency, it is fantastic,” says Domenic Bianchini, TSA director of checkpoint technology. “We think it’s a valuable technology, and we think over time we will see the real value added.”

As demonstrated at Dulles, passengers step up to the TSA desk and scan the bar codes of their boarding passes, like a can of soup at the self-checkout at a grocery store. The TSA officer scans the identification, which the machine authenticates and compares with the boarding pass…..

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By Bart Jansen
USA TODAY


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