01/29/2021 10:00 AM

Jan. 29, 2021
LAWA Public Relations
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An airport guest inserts her photo identification card into a reader that allows a TSA officer to confirm that she is booked for a flight, eliminating a touchpoint in the journey from curb to gate.

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the first large airport in the country to offer touchless, automated photo identification scanners at all of the airport's security screening checkpoints, further reducing contact with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers and enhancing the passenger experience.


TSA is now using Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) at every security checkpoint at LAX. When a traveler approaches any document checking podium at the entrance of the security checkpoint, the TSA officer will ask them to insert or scan their own photo ID into a small machine. With CAT, there is no need for travelers to give their photo ID or boarding pass to the TSA officer.


"As the first large airport in the U.S. to implement 100 percent use of touchless ID scanners at checkpoints, LAX is once again setting the bar for innovation, technology, and a seamless and healthy guest experience," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). "We thank our partners at TSA for their strong leadership in bringing touchless credential checks to the whole of LAX, and working with us to leverage evolving technology that helps people travel safely and efficiently."

“The use of CAT eliminates a touchpoint between traveler and TSA officer. This self-service option is just one of the many ways TSA is helping travelers 'Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.' during the screening experience without compromising security,” said Boyd K. Jeffries, TSA Federal Security Director at LAX. “We are extremely pleased that LAX is the first airport in the country to offer this fully automated feature.”


Through a secure Internet connection and a scan of the photo ID, CAT confirms the traveler’s identity on a screen and verifies that the individual is ticketed for travel that day, all in real-time. Previously, TSA had 30 CAT units deployed at LAX. Earlier this month, an additional 50 units were installed, making LAX the first airport in the country with full CAT capability in every lane at every security checkpoint.


Travelers under the age of 18 will still need to provide an electronic or paper boarding pass to the TSA officer. In addition, all travelers will need to check in with their airline and show their boarding pass to the airline gate agent before boarding their flight.


Currently, TSA has deployed more than 1,500 CAT units at 125 airports nationwide. In addition to providing a touchless experience, this technology also enhances TSA’s ability to detect fraudulent documents and those that have been tampered with. CAT units can authenticate several thousand types of identification including passports, state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, as well as U.S. and foreign passports.


As part of its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure” campaign, TSA has implemented multiple proactive and protective measures to enhance the security screening experience and make it safer and healthier for travelers and the airport community. In addition to the use of CAT, TSA has expanded its use of 3-D X-ray scanners to improve threat detection capabilities during the screening of carry-on luggage. This state-of-the-art computed tomography technology reduces the number of bag checks of travelers’ personal property. There are currently seven scanners in use at LAX.


TSA has also instituted physical distancing measures, installed acrylic barriers where travelers and TSA officers interact most, requires the wearing of personal protective equipment among its employees and conducts increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in the security checkpoint.


B-roll of the touchless CAT system in use can be downloaded by clicking here.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.

LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX's ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.

LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.

LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.

LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).


As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.  


About the Trasportation Security Administration (TSA)

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