Atlantic City Airport uses CAT to check ID at security

Atlantic City Airport passengers can now use TSA CAT units at the security checkpoint to confirm their ID and their flight information in near real time.

Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) kiosks automatically verify identification documents presented by passengers during the security screening process.

Through a secure internet connection, the CAT unit verifies that the individual is ticketed for travel that day and whether they are eligible for TSA PreCheckTM or general security screening. 

The CAT technology enhances detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent documents at the security checkpoint. The CAT units can authenticate thousands of ID types.

A CAT unit consists of the passport reader, an ID card reader, a Federal personal identity verification ID card reader, a monitor, a stand and a UV light.  

Thomas Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey:

“Through a secured connection, the credential authentication unit will also confirm the passenger’s flight status in near real time, so a traveler doesn’t need to hand over their boarding pass to the TSA officer.”

How it works

  • Passengers hand their ID to the TSA officer at the CAT kiosk.
  • The officer inserts the ID into the scanner for authentication.
  • The kiosk checks the if, for example, a passport has expired.

The CAT unit also checks if the passenger is prescreened to travel out of the airport for a flight that day.

At the moment the only airline operating at Atlantic City is Spirit.

So far in 2020, the TSA has installed CAT kiosks at:

N.B. Image credit: TSA

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