The new document verification machines, catchingly labeled "CAT-BPSS", are being rolled out at DCA, IAH, and SJU. They're built to automatically match the name on both documents, and then to check if either is fraudulent. Options: reduced.
But now for the requisite grumpiness (because this is a story about TSA and we're travel bloggers and it's kind of obligatory, but also kind of justified). TSA spokespeople have been making much of how this will be "fantastic" for efficiency and will get people through checkpoints faster. No it won't. Checkpoints get backed up because of bottlenecks at scanning machines not at document verification. Why can't TSA just say "listen, there's been this security loophole and we've known about it and we've been dealing with it but now we're permanently plugging it up." What is it with these guys and being just flat terrible transparency and accountability?
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