“There are now over 450 IDEMIA-operated enrollment centers for TSA PreCheck across the country.”
IDEMIA and the Transportation Security Administration have reached another milestone with respect to their biometrics-based expedited traveler screening program. Twelve million people have now enrolled in TSA PreCheck, and the program has seen 3 million renewals.
The program is based on traveler pre-screening. Interested travelers register by submitting biographic information along with their fingerprint biometrics; from there, they can easily identify themselves at airport security with a simple fingerprint scan, and enjoy a streamlined screening process in which there is no need to remove shoes, belts, liquids, laptops, and jackets.
TSA PreCheck has seen considerable growth over the past several years, jumping from 2 million enrollments in 2016 to 5 million the next year, and then 11 million this past summer. There are now over 450 IDEMIA-operated enrollment centers for TSA PreCheck across the country.
In announcing the 12 million milestone, IDEMIA emphasized that it arrived just 14 weeks after TSA PreCheck had reached the 11 million-mark, suggesting that the growth reflects both a return to travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and “a renewed appreciation for the benefits” of the program.
Commenting further, IDEMIA Identity and Security CEO Donnie Scott said the enrollments “underscore IDEMIA’s commitment to delivering secure, effective and accurate identity solutions” and demonstrate “how much travelers both trust and rely on the TSA PreCheck airport experience for expedited screening. Scott added that the TSA recently announced a reduced cost of membership when travelers renew online, at a total of $70 for five years.
TSA PreCheck has risen in prominence alongside another biometric screening program at airports, US Customs and Border Protection’s ‘Simplified Arrival’. That program is aimed more at border security than enhancing the traveller experience; in any case, together, Simplified Arrival and TSA PreCheck illustrate the growing prominence of biometric passenger screening technology at American airports.
October 14, 2021 – by Alex Perala