Magazine article National Defense

TSA System May Make Boarding Passes Obsolete

Magazine article National Defense

TSA System May Make Boarding Passes Obsolete

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The Transportation Security Administration awarded Morph Trust USA a contract to provide passport and driver's license scanners in airports, a step which will one day lead to the elimination of boarding nasses.

The Credential Authentication Technology (E-CAT) program will allow TSA agents who now visually verify the authenticity of identity cards and passports to place them on a scanner that will do that job for them.

The machine will verify the authenticity of the document by matching it to a database of more than 2,800 domestic and international credentials, explained Jim Albers, the company's senior vice president of government operations. It will also confirm that the holder of the document is booked on a flight at the terminal, therefore eliminating the need for a boarding pass.

The goal is to reduce the approximately 24 seconds the agent spends looking at the document, boarding pass and the passenger's face down to 12 seconds, Albers said.

"The idea is to get rid of that process and eventually be able to move through the line without the boarding pass," he said.

The agent will still have to visually match the photo on the document to the passenger's face, he noted. …

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