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

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enhance the identity verification of passengers by using facial verification technology at airports. In a previous proof of concept, TSA used a Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) device equipped with a camera (CAT-C) 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. Building on its previous work, TSA will now network the CAT-C to the TSA Secure Flight system so that passenger boarding pass information can be passed from Secure Flight to the CAT-C. This will provide improved real-time boarding pass instructions with improved identity matching and reduced physical handling of travel documents to limit unnecessary exposure, such as during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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 in connecting the CAT-C to the TSA Secure Flight system, displaying Secure Flight data on the CAT-C, and integrating Secure Flight data in the identity verification process. June 2020

Associated SORN(s):

  • DHS/TSA-019 Secure Flight Records

Created Date: January 26, 2018
Last Published Date: June 5, 2020
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