New technology being tested at a select number of airports around the country could cut down on your time spent going through security.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has rolled out self-service machines using biometric technologies to confirm passengers' identities.

The new feature will give travelers the opportunity to either insert their ID or scan their passports at the kiosk. The machine will then take a photo to verify that the travel documents inserted match those of the person traveling. It will also confirm their flight information and indicate if they are eligible for a standard screening or expedited with TSA Pre-check.

After completing that process, passengers head to baggage screening.

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Biometric Screening Machines

Biometrics have already been in programs like CLEAR, which can scan eyes or fingerprints for identification at airports and select venues.

The first self-serve machines appeared at Ronald Reagan International in Washington DC in August of 2020. Since then, TSA has expanded the use of the kiosks to 24 other airports, including two in Iowa, Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids.

The other airports using the self-serve machines:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT)
  • Honolulu Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN)
  • Harry Reid International Airport Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Will Rogers World Airport Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

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