by Tiana May
24 May 2023
As the demand for air travel continues to grow, the TSA is modernising airport checkpoints to enhance security effectiveness and efficiency and improve the passenger experience.
It is thus deploying new technology solutions at airports nationwide, including credential authentication technology (CAT) and computed tomography (CT) units.
CAT units are used to confirm the authenticity of a passenger’s identification credentials, along with their flight details and pre-screening status, without requiring their boarding pass.
At checkpoints equipped with this technology, passengers simply have to present their photo identification to the officer for a convenient and efficient process.
The second generation of CAT, CAT-2, is also already in use at several airports nationwide.
CAT-2 has the same capabilities as CAT but is additionally equipped with a camera that captures a real-time photo of the traveller at the travel document checker podium. It then compares the traveller’s photo on the identification credential against the in-person, real-time photo.
To date, TSA has deployed 2,054 CAT units at 223 airports. 238 of these are the second generation (CAT-2) technology.
In addition, a growing number of states are also launching mobile driver’s licenses (mDL), enabling TSA to read digital IDs from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Maryland within Apple Wallet.
Furthermore, it can read Utah mDLs stored in the GET Mobile ID app and American Airlines digital ID stored in the Airside Digital Identity app.
TSA is also deploying new computed tomography (CT) scanners at airport checkpoints nationwide to improve scanning and threat detection capabilities for carry-on bags.
CT units allow TSA officers to review a 3D image of passengers’ bags, thus reducing the need to physically search the contents of the bag.
Passengers screened in security lanes with CT units do not need to remove their liquids or laptops from their bags, which significantly improves checkpoint efficiency.
TSA has now deployed 678 CT units to 218 airports nationwide and recently announced an investment of up to 1.3 billion USD in three additional orders for up to 426 base, 359 mid-size and 429 full-size CT units.
Massport has announced plans to rehabilitate and improve safety on Runway 15R-33L at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) this summer.
A HDR-led team will provide construction management services for the landside portion of LAX's Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than 100 million USD to 12 airports in the US to help prevent runway incursions.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and American Airlines have signed a 10-year agreement that will see $4.8bn invested in growth.
San Antonio City Council has approved a new Ground Load Facility (GLF) with additional gates at San Antonio International Airport (SAT).
Los Angeles World Airports has presented its LAX Terminal 9 construction project at an industry showcase event attended by over 1,100 people.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) has added four BYD K9M low-floor electric buses to its employee shuttle fleet.
Post-Covid passenger numbers in the US now consistently meet or exceed pre-pandemic figures, leading to a new era of airport redevelopments.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has upgraded its fire safety training equipment to include the latest industry technology.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is trialling Liberty Defenses' HEXWAVE security solution for aviation worker screening.
PANYNJ has signed a contract with TotalEnergies to begin construction on a solar carport at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
DFW has is developing its 19th Street Cargo facility to enhance the airport's ability to process international cargo.
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has selected the design concept for a new passenger terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR).
The FAA has selected a design by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism for new air traffic control towers at municipal and smaller airports.
San José is planning to establish a dedicated transit solution to connect Diridon Station and San José International Airport.
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is undertaking an evaluation trial of Liberty Defense's HEXWAVE security system for screening employees.
In North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has opened its new West Remain Overnight (West RON) aircraft parking ramp.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has completed a 21.8 million USD renovation project at its Central Terminal. This project aims to enhance the cust...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is investing up to 1.3 billion USD in Computed Tomography (CT) scanners for US airports.
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Tampa International Airport (TPA) is updating its Airsides A and C automated people mover (APM) shuttles and guideways.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has broken ground on the southwest phase of its End Around Taxiway (EAT) programme.
San Francisco International (SFO) has received an award for its in-house TaxiVQ app that allows taxi drivers to enter a virtual queue.
The PANYNJ has authorised 12m USD for planning work to improve access to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and its transit network.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has released a report assessing the options for mass transit to and from LaGuardia Airport.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has celebrated the topping out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal Core.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has unveiled designs for a new connector bridge and tunnel to connect its future landside terminal.
United Airlines is set to modernise its US deicing operations with a system-wide deployment of JCAII's Icelink solution.
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has partnered with Amadeus to deploy facial biometric technology at its boarding gates.
The PANYNJ will a host three-vehicle autonomous platooning demonstration at JFK Airport in partnership with Ohmio.
The FAA has awarded almost 1 billion USD in funding to 99 airports in the United States to meet increased air travel demands.
CWC has completed work on Kansas City International Airport's new single terminal, which will open to passengers on 28 February.
The TSA has contracted Leidos to upgrade its Pro:Vision Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at airport security checkpoints.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) has purchased two new Rosenbauer Panther Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.
San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has revealed the design renderings and a 3D model of its new terminal.
The National Aerospace Research & Technology Park (NARTP) has been awarded 2.249 million USD to advance airfield automation technologies.
Menzies is piloting Mullen electric vans and Loop charging infrastructure across its operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Hartsfield-Jackson is continuing its Parking Deck Renewal and Replacement Project by commencing the overhaul of its North parking deck.
Sacramento International Airport in Northern California has announced five major expansion plans to help meet future passenger demands.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced plans to repave and renovate its 1L runway this spring.
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has opened the eastern extension of O'Hare International Airport's (ORD) Terminal 5.
Ford International Airport has announced the third round of Ford Launchpad for Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship (FLITE).
AlphaStruxure has been selected to design, construct and operate an integrated microgrid at JFK's New Terminal One.
The FAA has announced that construction is underway on a new air traffic control tower at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina.
On 24 January, Nashville International Airport (BNA) welcomed its first passengers through its new Grand Lobby facility.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has electrified the track at the Maintenance & Storage Facility for its APM system.
Delta Air Lines is continuing to transform its New York airport hubs, building upon an investment of over 12 billion USD in the US.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is transforming its Main Terminal walkways to provide retail space and a new Airside D shuttle station.
Siemens Logistics is installing a new outbound baggage handling system (BHS) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has selected the Weitz Company to upgrade its Terminal 4 Baggage Handling System (BHS).
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is installing CT security scanners at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport.
PANYNJ has announced that Newark Liberty International Airport's (EWR) new Terminal A will commence passenger operations on 12 January.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is installing facial biometric technology to assist US Customs and Border Protection.
Granite has been awarded a 174 million USD contact to construct new exit taxiways and reconstruct sections of existing runways at LAX.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has received its first heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle, which will operate at LAX.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has opened the final stage of the PHX Sky Train extension in time for busy holiday travel.
Clayco has been awarded the design-build contract for the East Terminal Expansion project at Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has become the first airport globally to offer a driverless Waymo autonomous vehicle service.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has opened its Concourse T-North Extension in time for holiday travel.
Leidos will upgrade the US TSA security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
PANYNJ has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to replace the AirTrain Newark with a new 2.5-mile elevated guideway train system.
The final element of structural steel for Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX) Automated People Mover (APM) has been successfully placed.
The FAA has selected Stantec to provide design services for a new air traffic control tower at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Alaska Airlines has become the first airline in the US to launch an electronic bag tag programme for its passengers.
Governor Kathy Hochul, PANYNJ, American Airlines and British Airways have opened the expanded Terminal 8 at JFK Airport.
The FAA has celebrated the completion of 3.3 million-square-foot de-icing pad at Memphis International Airport.
Ottonomy is testing autonomous delivery vehicles at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) as part of a pilot with xBridge innovation hub.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) has purchased a new Oshkosh Striker 6X6 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle.
Neste has delivered over 500,000 gallons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The FAA has completed the environmental review for the Terminal Area Plan at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now deploying CAT-2 scanners at Denver International Airport (DEN).
Vantage Airport Group and Corsair Infrastructure have announced the financial close a 4.2bn USD deal to develop JFK Airport's new Terminal 6.
Denver International Airport (DEN) has commenced construction on the second new security checkpoint on Level 6 of the Jeppesen Terminal.
The FAA has dedicated the newest air traffic control tower in the US at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in North Carolina.
The new Terminal A has officially opened at Newark Liberty International Airport, concluding the largest design-build project in New Jersey.
The Dulles Metrorail Station has opened at Washington Dulles International Airport, completing the Silver Line construction project.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Whiting-Turner and Siemens Logistics have started installing a new baggage handling system.
Denver International Airport (DEN) and United Airlines have celebrated the completion of the airport's Gate Expansion Program.
ZOOZ Power has signed a binding MoU with a car rental services provider to pilot ultra-fast charging at LaGuardia Airport, New York.
Leidos has installed its first Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) system at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Ohio.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has opened its new Terminal 4.5 Core as part of a 1.62 billion USD transformation project.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has become the first airport globally to offer autonomous Waymo rides to and from the airport.
New York State has announced 50 million USD in funding to modernise operations, safety enhancements and environmental resilience at airports.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will advance its SEA Gateway and S Concourse Evolution projects as part of ongoing modernisation.
Arup has been selected by the PANYNJ to oversee a 'vision plan' for the future redevelopment of Newark Liberty International Airport.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) has launched ONT+, a new programme that allows non-travellers to access post-security areas.
The TSA is debuting a compact RFF-CT security system at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS).
PANYNJ and Navya are deploying two autonomous shuttles at the JFK Aqueduct Parking Lot during a 3-day platooning demonstration.
Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a 332 million USD terminal improvement project at Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than 31 million USD to expand cargo infrastructure at nine airports in the US.
Delta Air Lines has partnered with Joby Aviation to deliver a home-to-airport eVTOL transportation service to Delta customers.
Burlington International Airport (BTV) has installed a new TSA security checkpoint as part of its $19m Terminal Integration Project.
Aeroterm has selected Lödige Industries to automate the cargo system at John F. Kennedy International Airport‘s (JFK) new facility.
The FAA has signed a Letter of Intent to award San Diego International Airport (SAN) with 110 million USD for its T1 airfield improvements.
Delta Air Lines and LAWA have completed a major phase of the Delta Sky Way project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 3.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has ordered 22 CNG-powered buses and four Axess EVO-BE battery-electric buses from ENC.
Oakland International Airport (OAK) has celebrated the completion of its 30 million USD Taxiway Victor and Bravo Rehabilitation Project.
AlgenAir has installed its aerium Living Technology system at Pittsburgh International Airport to use algae to improve air quality.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 4 has become the first pre-existing terminal in the US to be certified as LEED Platinum.
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