What role will biometric technology play in TSA’s response efforts to COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted how TSA must perform its mission. TSA must prioritize the health and safety of our officers and the traveling public. To promote social distancing and reduce contact between officers and passengers, we are exploring a self-service version of CAT using a camera to verify a live image capture against the image on a credential (e.g., passport or ID photo). The device will allow passengers to scan their own identity documentation for authentication and biometrics identity matching, thereby reducing unnecessary contact between officers and passengers. TSA began piloting this technology in late August 2020 at DCA.