TSA uses credential authentication technology at Pittsburgh Airport

30 July 2020 (Last Updated July 30th, 2020 11:27)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started to use new technology to authenticate the identification of travellers at Pittsburgh International Airport in the US.

TSA uses credential authentication technology at Pittsburgh Airport
A traveller flying out of Pittsburgh International Airport inserts her passport into the CAT unit as the TSA officer views the monitor, which will indicate whether the ID is valid. Credit: TSA.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started to use new technology to authenticate the identification of travellers at Pittsburgh International Airport in the US.

It also confirms the flight information of the traveller.

The airport has been equipped with four new credential authentication technology (CAT) units.

TSA federal security director for Pittsburgh International Airport Karen Keys-Turner said: “Credential authentication technology enhances our detection capabilities for identifying altered or fraudulent documents such as driver’s licenses and passports at checkpoints and increases efficiency by automatically verifying passenger identification.

“The system will also confirm the passenger’s flight status in near real-time through a secured connection.”

The CAT unit will scan the traveller’s ID, which will then inform the officer of the ID’s validity. As the passenger inserts the ID, there is a reduced chance of spreading the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The unit also checks if the passenger has been pre-screened by the airline agent, meaning that passengers will not have to produce their flight boarding passes again.

Passengers who are below the age of 18 and those who face ID issues will have to show their boarding passes.

The technology is aimed at boosting the security personnel’s capabilities to identify the use of fake documents at the security area.

The CAT units can verify different types of ID, including passports, military common access cards and retired military ID cards.

Each CAT unit features an ID card reader, passport reader and a federal personal identity verification ID card reader, as well as a monitor, stand and UV light.

In February, TSA deployed CAT units at Boston Logan International Airport.