Travel Documents Easier to Check with CAT/BPSS

TSA deployed a new technology that will speed the travel document checking process. The Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning System (CAT/BPSS), or automatic ID/boarding pass checker, easily detects fraudulent travel documents.

To alleviate the threat of fake IDs and boarding passes, TSA is taking the necessary steps to monitor traveler identity.

TSA’s Bob Burns, blogger and media analyst with the office of strategic communications and public affairs was blogging about it back in October 2011, announcing that TSA purchased 30 systems, with a price tag of $100,000 each; TSA will now test the device at select airports within the United States.

This next level in travel security will be tested in three of the nation’s airports: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first airports outside of the three listed above to use the technology with be those included in the TSA Precheck program.

The CAT/BPSS can scan boarding passes and photo IDs, verifying names and document authenticity. The TSA can use the device to also identify fraudulent or altered photo IDs by analyzing embedded security features on IDs. Data (including passenger photo) is scanned, stored and deleted upon verification of documentation and identity. TSA ensures that privacy is of no concern to travelers thinking about information availability.

Posted by Christina Miralla on Apr 20, 2012

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