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TSA Buys Document Scanners for Fraud Checks at U.S. Airports

October 03, 2011

(Updates with Pistole comment in third paragraph.)

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Transportation Security Administration said it will purchase 30 document-scanning systems to test at U.S. airport checkpoints early next year.

TSA employees will use the machines to verify boarding passes and passenger identification such as drivers’ licenses, the agency said in an e-mailed statement today. The machines, which will cost a total of $3.2 million, are made by BAE Systems Information Solutions Inc., Trans-Digital Technologies LLC and NCR Government Systems LLC, the agency said.

“This technology will help facilitate risk-based security, while making the process more effective and efficient,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in the statement.

In June, a Nigerian man passed through a checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and boarded a Virgin America flight to Los Angeles using another passenger’s boarding pass.

“The ability to automatically identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification documents and boarding passes will further enhance security,” Kristin Lee, a spokeswoman for TSA, said in an e-mail.

--Editors: Bernard Kohn, Steve Geimann

To contact the reporter on this story: Julie Bykowicz in Washington at jbykowicz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net


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