TSA checkpoint at Fort Wayne International Airport gets new credential authentication technology unit

Local Press Release
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A passenger hands over her ID to a TSA officer for him to insert it into a credential authentication technology unit at Fort Wayne International Airport. (TSA photo)

FORT WAYNE, Indiana —  A credential authentication technology (CAT) unit has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA).

“The new credential authentication technology unit enhances our detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent ID documents and improves the passenger experience by increasing efficiency during the screening process,” Indiana TSA Federal Security Director Aaron Batt said. “The CAT unit also reduces touchpoints at the checkpoint, which benefits both officers and travelers during this pandemic.”

Passengers will approach the travel document checking station at the checkpoint and listen to the instructions of the TSA officer, who will request passengers to insert their personal identification into the scanner for authentication.

Passengers will not have to hand over their boarding pass (electronic or paper), thus reducing a touchpoint. Instead, they should have their boarding pass ready in the event that the TSA officer requests visual inspection. The CAT unit will verify that the traveler is prescreened to travel out of the airport for a flight that day; however, a boarding pass may be requested for travelers under the age of 18 and/or those without IDs or with damaged IDs. A second CAT unit is being used for training.

Even with TSA’s use of CAT, travelers still need to check-in with their airline in advance and bring their boarding pass to their gate agent to show the airline representative before boarding their flight.

“It is very much appreciated that the TSA here at FWA continues to invest in technology that increases the safety and efficiency of the screening process for Northeast Indiana travelers,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports. “We have been committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our passengers throughout the pandemic — this is one more tool we can offer to expand upon that commitment.”

This technology will enhance detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent documents at the security checkpoint. CAT units authenticate several thousand types of IDs including passports, military common access cards, retired military ID cards, Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler ID cards, uniformed services ID cards, permanent resident cards, U.S. visas, and driver’s licenses and photo IDs issued by state motor vehicle departments.

A CAT unit consists of the passport reader, an ID card reader, a Federal personal identity verification ID card reader, a monitor, a stand and a UV light.