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Acting Assistant Administrator testifies on TSA Innovation Task Force

Friday, April 28, 2017

Acting Assistant Administrator for Requirements and Capabilities Analysis Steve Karoly testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security in a hearing titled, “Checkpoint of the Future: Evaluating TSA’s Innovation Task Force Initiative,” Thursday, April 27.

During the hearing, Karoly discussed the launch of the Innovation Task Force and its role in fulfilling our mission to protect the nation’s transportation systems. The Innovation Task Force demonstrates innovative solutions and emerging capabilities in the passenger screening experience and the checked baggage screening areas. It charges the agency to re-envision the entire transportation security system as an integrated whole, increasing security effectiveness while reducing friction to the traveler.

New innovative solutions include automated screening lanes, computed tomography and biometric authentication technology that uses contact or contactless fingerprint scanning to verify TSA Pre✓® passenger identity. Automated screening lanes assist in the security of public areas by increasing checkpoint throughput and reducing the number of individuals waiting in line. Currently, TSA has automated screening lanes at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

“These processes ensure that before fully investing in a technology, we know it will enhance transportation security, reduce the risk to the traveling public, and function properly in an operational environment,” said Karoly.

To learn more, read the testimony or watch the webcast.