The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun testing new Credential Authentication Technology - Boarding Pass Scanning Systems (CAT-BPSS) to detect fake boarding passes and passenger identity documents at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
The deployment follows TSA's move towards a more risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism approach at airports.
TSA has awarded contracts to BAE Systems, Trans-Digital Technologies and NCR Government Systems to offer pilot testing of fake document detection technology to limited airports.
Under the contract, each selected airport will be equipped with six detection units, two units from each company, further facilitating TSA to expand the deployment schedule following implementation and testing.
TSA Administrator, John Pistole, said: "The piloting of this technology is another milestone in TSA's ongoing risk-based security initiative."
"The ability to efficiently and effectively identify fraudulent identity documents and authenticate boarding passes has the potential to not only improve security but also the checkpoint experience for passengers," Pistole said.
CAT-BPSS will scan a passenger's boarding pass bar code on the front of a large computer-equipped podium, and then verify the names on both documents match and validate the boarding pass.
The technology also identifies modified or fraud photo IDs by analysing and comparing security features embedded in the IDs.
If everything matches, the TSA agent will then allow the passenger to proceed further.
TSA is also planning to test the new technology at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU).
TSA had begun testing the CAT-BPSS at its Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) in 2011 and continued to test the latest technologies to meet the emerging threats and enhance the passenger screening experience.
Image: CAT-BPSS at Washington Dulles International Airport will scan a passenger's boarding pass bar code on the front of a large computer-equipped podium. Photo: Joe Ravi.