Nextgov: TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs

“The Transportation Security Administration is on the hunt for an alternative means to verify passengers’ identities at security checkpoints in real time—without relying on biometrics or commonly accepted physical identification—to be used when travelers can’t present appropriate forms of ID.”

“A possibly fee-based, digital services application that enables users to submit personal biographic information on the front end, which can then be authenticated through one or more databases on the back end, is the technological tool the agency is setting sights on, according to a request for information published this week…”

“Thousands of transactions across TSA’s entire airport enterprise would need to be processed per hour by the potential solution, which the agency wants to be configurable with an application or website that travelers can tap directly into on their cellphones. Through it, passengers could manually enter ‘biographic data elements’ including their name, date of birth, address and cellphone number. In under five minutes, the system would interface with a ‘back end database of known entities’ that incorporates a variety of ‘unique sources for each element of identity information,’ and subsequently displays a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ status as to whether the individual should move forward. It would need to ‘provide an authentication/verification service to provide trust that the physical person owns the digitally verified biographic data,’ according to TSA…” Read the full article here.

Source: TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs – By Brandi Vincent, August 6, 2020. Nextgov.


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