Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Dayton International Airport (DAY) in the US has deployed a credential authentication technology (CAT) unit that authenticates the validity of travellers’ identifications (IDs), along with their flight information, in near real time.

This technology will increase capabilities for detecting fraudulent documents at the security checkpoint.

TSA Ohio Federal Security director Don Barker said: “This new technology installed at the Dayton checkpoint enhances detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent IDs at checkpoints and increases efficiency. The system will also limit touchpoints between the TSA officer and travellers during this pandemic while also confirming the passenger’s flight status.”

At the travel document checking station, passengers will be required to hand over their ID to the security officer, who will confirm the authenticity of the document by inserting it in the scanner.

Instead of handing over their boarding pass, passengers will have to hold up their boarding pass to the security officer for visual inspection, thus reducing a touchpoint.

The CAT unit will verify that the traveller is prescreened to travel out of the airport for a flight that day.

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A boarding pass may be requested from passengers under the age of 18 and/or those with ID issues.

Furthermore, passengers will still have to check-in with their airline in advance and must bring their boarding pass to their gate agent before boarding their flight.

CAT units are capable of authenticating several thousand types of IDs, including passports, permanent resident cards and US visas, driver’s licenses and photo IDs issued by state motor vehicle departments.

They can also validate military common access cards, uniformed services ID cards, retired military ID cards and Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler ID cards.

The unit comprises a passport reader, ID card reader, Federal personal identity verification ID card reader, stand, monitor, and UV light.

In addition, passengers are required to have their REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or other acceptable forms of identification by 1 October 2021 deadline. The CAT units will not accept a driver’s license after this deadline if it is not REAL ID-compliant.

In a separate development, TSA at Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport and Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) have deployed computed tomography (CT) scanners at security checkpoints in Montana.

These advanced scanners will improve the ability of security screening officers to spot items inside carry-on luggage that are potential security threats.

In addition, Houston Airports have awarded a contract worth $50m to Parsons Corporation, a technology provider, for supporting infrastructure projects and other initiatives.

The contract, which includes a five-year base plus one three-year option, will support Houston Airports’ projects at William P Hobby Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Ellington Airport.