Many passengers equate summer travel with queues at airport security. But this year, TSA is adding new technologies to speed up even the most congested checkpoints. One such device, known as a credential authentication technology (CAT) scanner, is programmed to automatically match the traveler’s ID information to flight records. In short, travelers at dozens of US airports are no longer required to show their boarding passes to TSA officers, eliminating another item that aviators must struggle to get through security.
The scanners can digitally process a traveler’s ID and match their biographical information, such as name and date of birth, against the Secure Flight database in real time. “A boarding pass is not required at this time because the Secure Flight database contains the names and flight details of people who will be traveling in the next 24 hours,” Lorie Dankers, a TSA spokeswoman, said in an email.
Instead, travelers will either…