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TSA tests new ID check technology at airports

Passengers line up at an airport security checkpoint in this undated photo.
April 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Transportation Security Administration is testing a new system that could speed up your trip through airport security.

Passengers are required to scan the barcode of their boarding pass while a TSA officer scans their ID. The machine then authenticates and compares the two to make sure all of the information is accurate.

This could eliminate the black lights and magnifying glasses TSA officers currently use. The new machines are designed to recognize all valid forms of IDs, from driver's licenses to passports.

The machines do not store any personal information. Tests are under way at Dulles International Airport in Washington. They'll start later this month in Houston and Puerto Rico.


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