America's Airports Digitally Prepared for the Weekend
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently confirmed it is prepared for the holiday weekend, expecting to surpass the activity last seen at airports in 2019.
The agency forecasts May 26, 2023, to be the busiest day of the long weekend, projecting to screen approximately 2.6 million passengers.
And for PreCheck® Members, several options exist to expedite the screening process in 2023.
As of May 25, 2023, the TSA confirmed biometric and digital forms of identity enable the air passenger to seamlessly and securely transmit information at select TSA checkpoints.
'We've collaborated on several innovative digital identity initiatives, which work in place of a physical ID or boarding pass,' wrote the TSA.
'Be sure to follow the steps to set up and activate your selected digital identity solution before your trip so it's ready to present at the TSA checkpoint.'
'Look for your preferred airline or device maker below to learn more!
Opt-in at select airports to participate in the TSA PreCheck® Touchless Identity Solution program during check-in with participating airlines. Store your participation preference, TSA PreCheck® KTN, and Passport Number in the airline's mobile app. By opting in, your identity can be verified without presenting a physical ID at the bag drop, the security checkpoint, and the boarding gate.
Mobile Driver's License
Add your state-issued eligible driver's license or identification card to your phone's digital wallet. Present your ID at select TSA PreCheck® checkpoints by tapping your phone or linked device. The TSA reader will take your photo at security to proceed to screening. You must still carry your physical ID as needed.
Download a TSA-approved digital ID app to your mobile device. Scan in your state-issued driver's license or state ID. At select TSA PreCheck® checkpoints, scan the app-issued QR code. The TSA reader will take your photo at security to proceed to screening. You must still carry your physical ID as needed.
Click on this TSA link to see which airports offer these services.
Furthermore, the agency announced on May 22, 2023, that teenagers aged 13-17 may now accompany TSA PreCheck® enrolled parents or guardians through TSA PreCheck screening when traveling on the same reservation and when the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the teen's boarding pass. Children 12 and under may still accompany an enrolled parent or guardian when traveling through the TSA PreCheck lanes anytime without restriction.