The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Capital Region International Airport is now bolstered by a credential authentication technology (CAT) unit. The Lansing, Michigan airport aims to cut wait time in security lines with the new technology.
Instead of presenting a paper or electronic boarding pass to TSA agents, passengers will now hand their personal ID to the security officer, who scans the ID using the CAT unit. The unit includes a passport reader, an ID card reader, a Federal personal identity verification ID card reader, a UV light and a monitor.
Aside from reducing security line wait times, the CAT unit adds another layer of protection against fraudulent IDs with its ability to authenticate thousands of types of identification documents.