TSA is evaluating the use of biometric technologies to enhance security effectiveness, operational efficiency, and the passenger experience while protecting privacy and civil liberties.
TSA’s exploration of biometric technologies is scientifically driven and capitalizes on significant advances in biometric accuracy, speed, and the ability to automate processes to help move passengers through screening more quickly.
In recent years, TSA began testing biometrics to identify passengers at the checkpoint and we continue to evaluate the use of proven and emerging solutions to further understand operational impact, security gains, and policy implications.
Passenger participation in TSA biometric technology tests is voluntary. You may notify a TSA officer if you prefer a standard ID check.
Please visit the links below for additional information on TSA’s biometric technology efforts.
- TSA Biometrics Roadmap: Outlines TSA’s plans to transform aviation security operations using biometric technology through four key goals: partnering on biometrics for international travelers, operationalize biometrics for TSA PreCheck®, expand biometrics to additional domestic travelers, and associated objectives and guiding principles to include security and operational effectiveness, privacy, and cybersecurity.
- Identity Management Roadmap: Builds upon the success of the TSA Biometrics Roadmap and articulates a comprehensive end-to-end strategy for Identity Management at TSA. Identity Management is critical to TSA’s mission as it ensures the right people have access to the right transportation infrastructure areas at the right time.
- TSA Myth Busters: Highlights myths and facts regarding TSA’s biometric technology efforts.
- TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Report to Congress on Deployment of Biometric Technologies: Describes TSA and CBP development and implementation of biometric technologies.
TSA Privacy Impact Assessments: Explains how TSA identifies and mitigates privacy risks and notifies the public what personally identifiable information (PII) is being collected and how it is collected, used, accessed, shared, and safeguarded during the use of biometric technologies.
TSA-CBP Biometric Technology Pilot for Trusted Travelers: Outlines ongoing testing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ALT).
Digital Identity Phased Rollout: Outlines ongoing testing at select airport checkpoints.