TSA’s new tech for passengers

Several airlines, including those in DFW, will be getting the latest scanners for passenger boarding according to a Simple Flying article from June 23. They say, 


“Starting today, American Airlines AAdvantage® members enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program can verify their identity using the American Airlines Mobile ID at TSA PreCheck checkpoints to unlock a more seamless and touch-free travel experience.


Passengers flying from the airline’s hub at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport can use their secure American Airlines Mobile ID for both security at DFW and entry to the airline’s Admirals Club locations. The Texas airport currently serves the most destinations of any US airport, with 252 non-stop passenger destinations scheduled for this month, surpassing its pre-pandemic peak of 245 direct connections in June of 2019.

Currently, the program is only available to passengers enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck program. The trusted traveler program has a range of benefits, including successful applicants no longer being required to remove their shoes, belt, liquids, or electronics when using designated lanes at over 200 US airports.”


Additional instructions regarding the new efficient system of TSA were posted in their website which reports, 


“Prior to travel, individuals with TSA PreCheck can download the Airside Digital Identity App on an iOS or Android device, take a photo of their face, scan their driver’s license or passport and enter their American Airlines AAdvantage number. Once those steps are completed, the app verifies the traveler’s information using mobile ID technology powered by Thales to compare against each state’s department of motor vehicles records or the passport’s embedded NFC chip. The app will then securely store the traveler’s mobile ID on their mobile device until they choose where and when to use it.

Travelers simply present a QR code on their phone and consent to share their American Airlines Mobile ID with TSA. Traveler’s look into a camera at the TSA PreCheck checkpoint after sharing their mobile ID. TSA’s computer system will match the traveler’s encrypted image against their American Airlines Mobile ID. The process at the airport typically takes less than five seconds. Once verified, TSA erases the encrypted digital ID from its checkpoint readers and travelers retain their digital ID on their device until they are ready to use it at another waypoint, such as an airport lounge.”


After a successful run of the new system, TSA will be developing additional convenient methods for checking-in such as adding more efficient kiosks and scanners in boarding gates. 


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