New Airport Security Technology Unveiled

New Airport Security Technology Unveiled

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New technologies have been recently applied by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at its checkpoints at airports, due to COVID-19 constraints. 

A security game-changer ensures ID authentication, reservation verification, and Secure Flight pre-screening status are known in “near” real-time at the airport security checkpoint.

(Secure Flight program is the procedure whereby the TSA cross-references the information of airline passengers with a watch list at the time of booking).

As a step up from the familiar boarding pass scanner, thanks to a credential authentication technology called the CAT machine, you won’t need to scan your boarding pass at the initial checkpoint. When CAT looks at your photo ID, it brings up the picture and it validates for the officer who they’re talking to. A photo identification card can be used to real-time verify that you are who you say you are, and it also verifies that you have a flight today, according to the TSA.

CAT is linked electronically to the Secure Flight database, which confirms travelers’ flight details.

Altogether, you will still have to show your boarding pass at the gate or the terminal entrance, but not to the TSA agent at the checkpoint. 

The new technology removes human error almost entirely, cutting down on wait times and eliminating some steps. 

Continuously updated and thorough security at airports is a must. Having a firearm at the airport will mean getting law enforcement involved. Depending on the state of the firearm, if it’s loaded, could mean going to jail, according to