TSA studies fingerprint scan in lieu of boarding pass  

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Passengers may soon use their fingerprints as both a boarding pass and an identity document once a new technology passes evaluation tests, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

TSA Acting Assistant Administrator Steve Karoly of the Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis said the agency continue to look for ways to enhance security effectiveness “to meet the evolving threat and ensure that passengers and their property get to their destinations safely.” One of them is using biometrics to verify passengers’ identities using their fingerprints.

The tests will be conducted in TSA Pre-departure lanes at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Denver International Airport starting this week. Passenger fingerprints provided at the checkpoint will be matched with those that have previously been provided to TSA by travelers when they enrolled in the TSA pre-application program.  

Once a match is found, it is able to obtain the passenger’s boarding pass information through Secure Flight. Participation is voluntary and all passengers who choose to participate will then be subject to the standard ticket document checking process of showing their boarding pass and identification document.

The TSA said the new technology could, in the long term, do away with the need for boarding passes and identification documents, as well as grant or deny traveler access into the security checkpoint through an electronic gate.

The TSA said plans to equip other airports with fingerprint scanners in the future would depend on further study of the data.



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