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DHS/TSA/PIA-046 Travel Document Checker Automation Using Facial Identification

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enhance the identity verification of passengers by using facial identification  technology at airports. In previous proofs of concept, TSA used a Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) device equipped with a camera to validate that the identity document presented by the passenger was authentic and to compare the passenger’s live facial image against the image from the passenger’s identity document. TSA will conduct a new proof of concept to be held at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in cooperation with Delta Airlines. In the new proof of concept, TSA will test using the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Traveler Verification Service (TVS) to pre-stage a gallery of passenger photographs for certain TSA PreCheck™ and CBP Global Entry passengers who opt-in during the check-in process to have their image captured and use their photograph(s) already on file with DHS for identity verification at TSA checkpoints. Only CBP Global Entry passengers and TSA PreCheck™ passengers who have a U.S. passport will be eligible to participate in this proof of concept. Data from the proof of concept will be shared with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for subsequent qualitative and quantitative analysis.

This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is conducted pursuant to Section 222 of the Homeland Security Act to address privacy risks in the use of technology to connect the CBP TVS to the TSA checkpoint identity verification systems to allow for the potential of allowing passengers to transit the TSA checkpoint. January 2021

Associated SORN(s):

  • DHS/TSA-001 Transportation Security Enforcement Record System (TSERS)
  • DHS/TSA-019 Secure Flight Records
Created Date: January 26, 2018
Last Published Date: January 29, 2021
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