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DFW named innovation site airport, will work with TSA to improve aviation security


Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been designated an official Innovation Task Force site by the TSA. The Innovation Task Force works with airports, airlines and other transportation partners to improve security effectiveness and efficiency, while ensuring a positive experience for customers.

The task force expects to bring more deployment and experimentation of new technologies into public settings this year and, as an ITF site, DFW is eligible for pilot programs to test and refine groundbreaking technologies and processes.

TSA selects innovation sites based on several criteria to ensure TSA resources are utilized efficiently, and in compliance with the requirements of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. Criteria include the ability of partner airports to support the initiative and nimbly respond to various needs.

In addition to automated screening Lanes, some of the other technologies under demonstration with the ITF include CT scans, biometric authentication and improved passenger communication techniques.

“DFW Airport has a long-standing, constructive relationship with the TSA and our team looks forward to hosting demonstrations of new technology that will explore how to make airports more secure while improving the customer experience,” explained Chad Makovsky, DFW’s executive vice president of Operations.

“With this partnership, we can find new ways to work together to improve all aspects of aviation security,” added Steve Karoly, Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis.

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