LAX achieves 100% CAT coverage at checkpoints

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) says it is the first large airport in the USA to offer touchless, automated photo identification scanners at all of its security screening checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now using Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) at every security checkpoint at LAX. The TSA already had 30 CAT units deployed at LAX but has now installed an additional 50 units.

When a traveler approaches any document checking podium at the entrance of the security checkpoint, a TSA officer will ask them to insert or scan their own photo ID into a small machine. With CAT, there is no need for travelers to give their photo ID or boarding pass to the TSA officer. Through a secure internet connection and a scan of the photo ID, CAT confirms the traveler’s identity on a screen and verifies that the individual is ticketed for travel that day, all in real time.

“As the first large airport in the USA to implement 100% use of touchless ID scanners at checkpoints, LAX is once again setting the bar for innovation, technology and a seamless and healthy guest experience,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “We thank our partners at TSA for their strong leadership in bringing touchless credential checks to the whole of LAX, and working with us to leverage evolving technology that helps people travel safely and efficiently.”

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