OT-Morpho reports surge in TSA PreCheck enrollments in last year

MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, has enrolled five million travelers in the TSA PreCheck program, three million in the past year alone. The trusted traveler program allows U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to quickly move through security at U.S. airports in expedited lines without removing shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. The enrollment service is run exclusively by IdentoGO, a service made by MorphoTrust. The company saw enrollment surge from two to five million travellers

EPIC urges TSA to consider other options to expanding biometric identifiers for Pre-check

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) urged the Transportation Security Administration to consider other options for expanding the collection of biometric identifiers for the TSA Pre-Check application. In its comments to the agency, EPIC explained the dangers of biometric identifiers being used for purposes other than determining eligibility for Pre-Check, along with the many personal privacy risks for applicants if the databases related to Pre-Check were breached, Additionally, the organization proposed privacy enhancing alternatives, including limiting the storage

Privacy group raises concerns about use of airport biometric solutions

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has raised concerns about the use of facial recognition and fingerprints to reduce friction points for airline passengers. Last week, the TSA announced that it is launching a pilot program for new biometric checkpoint screening technology using fingerprints at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport and Delta and CBP announced they will be piloting facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta and New York airports. Delta also announced

TSA piloting biometric border control technology at Atlanta, Denver airports

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Instagram that it will launch a pilot program this week for new biometric checkpoint screening technology at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport. The transportation agency is conducting a proof of concept demonstration to assess the operational and security effects of using fingerprint recognition to verify the identities of passengers. Through the biometric authentication technology, travelers are able to use their fingerprints as both a boarding

TSA recruits 11 more airlines for PreCheck expedited security screening program

The Transportation Security Administration announced that 11 new participating domestic and foreign airlines have joined the PreCheck program, which brings the total number of participating airlines to 30, according to a report by USA Today. The newly joined international airlines include Emirates, Avianca, Sunwing Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Spirit Airlines, Boutique Air, Southern Airways Express, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International and Xtra Airways. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program for American citizens that eliminates the need

DHS calls on industry to share solutions for the biometric exit program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to share solutions in support for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Biometric Exit Program. According to the RFI, CBP intends to add biometrics to confirm when foreign nationals are departing the United States, in order to deter visa overstays, to identify criminals, and to defeat imposters. “It’s a very helpful RFI,” said Michael Dougherty, CEO of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association. “In short order it

MorphoTrust UES and ABIS platforms get SAFETY Act certification

Identity services and solutions provider MorphoTrust USA (Safran), has achieved SAFETY Act certification on its Universal Enrollment Services (UES) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) platforms. According to the DHS website, the SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. According to a statement by

TSA partner MorphoTrust has enrolled two million Americans in TSA Precheck

Identity service provider MorphoTrust announced today that more than two million travelers have enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Precheck program through its IdentoGO centers. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program for American citizens. Precheck travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets at security checkpoints. According to TSA’s privacy statement about the program, applicants are checked against law enforcement, immigration and intelligence databases, with the FBI checks criminal history records using

TSA chief wants to implement biometric recognition at passenger checkpoints

Newly-appointed Transportation Security Agency chief Peter Neffenger testified before a House Oversight subcommittee on Tuesday, in which he said he hopes to see “a day where the checkpoint looks very different from what it does today,” according to a report by CNSNews.com. Neffenger said that with the exception of the full-body scanners, the TSA is “still largely dealing with …the same kind of checkpoint we’ve had for the past decade or more. And I think we’re on the cusp of

MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO expands TSA Precheck application center hours

IdentoGO, an identity service operated by MorphoTrust USA, announced it will continue to expand hours of operations at select TSA Precheck application centers as well as begin testing Saturday operations. The expanded operational hours will increase the number of appointments available to those passengers seeking to enroll in the program. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program that provides those travelers departing from more than 150 U.S. airports with biometric-enabled security measures and a more convenient travel experience. For