TSA introduces new ID screening technology at Albany

COLONIE — New scanners intended to verify the validity of a passenger’s identification have been introduced at Albany International Airport security checkpoints, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The scanners can also confirm the traveler’s flight information in near real time, the TSA said Monday.

“The technology enhances detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent documents such as driver’s licenses and passports at checkpoints and increases efficiency by automatically verifying passenger identification,” said Bart Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “The system will also confirm the passenger’s flight status in near real time through a secured connection.”

TSA officers will no longer have to handle the passenger’s boarding pass, eliminating a touch point and reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Passengers will still need to show the officer the document for a visual check.

And they’ll still need the boarding pass, either printed out or displayed on their

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