The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in collaboration with the State of Arizona and Apple, has deployed a new digital technology for identity verification at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s (PHX) security checkpoints.
Arizona-resident travellers can now verify their identity using their state-issued mobile driver’s license or mobile identification card issued in Apple Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch.
“As mobile device technologies continue to advance and become more secure, TSA is committed to leveraging those technologies wherever possible to enhance airport security, reduce touchpoints, provide greater privacy protections to individuals, and facilitate greater accuracy in identity verification capabilities at TSA checkpoints,” said David Pekoske, TSA Administrator. “We expect PHX to be the first of many airports this year to feature this innovation as TSA continues to enable a more efficient checkpoint experience for passengers.”
Initially, the new capability will be available only at PHX for TSA PreCheck passengers from Arizona. To present their ID in Apple Wallet, passengers simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch at the TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology reader. A TSA security officer will then verify the passenger’s identity and flight status for a secure, fast, and touchless identity verification experience.
“Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport welcomes this innovation, which will make travelling through our airport even easier for millions of our customers,” said Chad Makovsky, City of Phoenix Director of Aviation Services. “We are grateful to partner with industry thought leaders who relentlessly pursue solutions that empower our passengers and improve their travel experience.”
TSA’s Identity Management Capability Manager Jason Lim recently took part in a FTE webinar on “Next Generation Travel Through Trusted Identity & Biometric Solutions”. Find out more about TSA’s vision to drive the advancement of biometrics and watch the full webinar here.