The keynotes are underway!

Administrator David P. Pekoske of the TSA gives the first inspiring address at Identity Week America 2022.

Founded just 60 days after the 9/11 attacks, the TSA aims to prevent attacks on the U.S. transportation and aviation systems.

Built into identity experiences is the need for touchless. David kicks-off a summary of the TSA’s mandate for securing the U.S. transportation system saying, “the gap between pre-pandemic passenger levels and today is ever-closing”.

Routinely, 2 million people pass through the TSA’s systems.

What are the TSA’s priorities?

Operationalise biometric systems
Global entry/exit
Using biometrics as an opt-in process to see the increased accuracy that biometrics presents and enhance the consumer experience.

Partnerships are key to the TSA’s success – with other agencies as they proceed with identity management.

Pekoske said: “We are not islands to ourselves”.

The TSA’s aim is to be an agile security agency that can adapt to the risk to safety, implementing 1-2-1 facial matching biometrics.

The TSA’s technology includes verification credential biometric technology which has multiple functions to connect flight information with passengers to reduce board pass fraud and identity verification.

The TSA is also testing biometric technology at Detroit and Atlanta airports which compares the passenger’s image with a gallery of pre-advanced identity data – called one-to-end identity verification.

“Our commitment to privacy is our true north”. The TSA has three objectives to optimise passenger experience, security, and the use of information and systems for protecting passengers.

The TSA is working on “One Stop Security” which will enable one-stop passenger information to be collected at any international airport and shared with U.S. border controls for a seamless experience entering the U.S.