The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in collaboration with the State of Arizona and Apple, deployed a new technology that allows airline passengers to use their state-issued mobile driver’s licence or mobile identification card in Apple Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch to verify their identity for airport security screening purposes.
Starting today at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), individuals with driver’s licences or state IDs issued by the State of Arizona will be able to add a digital version of their licence or ID to their Apple Wallet for TSA identity verification purposes.
“The announcement marks a significant milestone in TSA’s efforts to improve airport security screening. As mobile device technologies continue to advance and become more secure, TSA is committed to leveraging those technologies wherever possible to enhance airport security, reduce touchpoints, provide greater privacy protections to individuals, and facilitate greater accuracy in identity verification capabilities at TSA checkpoints,” commented TSA Administrator, David Pekoske. “We expect PHX to be the first of many airports this year to feature this innovation as TSA continues to enable a more efficient checkpoint experience for passengers.”
Initially, this new capability will be available only at PHX for TSA PreCheck® passengers from Arizona. To use this feature, passengers must add their Arizona-issued state driver’s licence or state ID to Apple Wallet.
“Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport welcomes this innovation, which will make travelling through our airport even easier for millions of our customers,” said Phoenix Director of Aviation Services, Chad Makovsky. “We are grateful to partner with industry thought leaders who relentlessly pursue solutions that empower our passengers and improve their travel experience.”
To present their ID in Apple Wallet, passengers will simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch at the TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology reader. The TSA security officer will then verify the passenger’s identity and flight status for a secure, fast, convenient, and touchless identity verification experience.
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