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You Don't Need To Show Your Boarding Pass To TSA At These US Airports

By Nicole Cord-Cruz


TSA is continuously trying to make everyone's lives easier, and the agency has also rolled out a system that lets you skip showing your boarding pass to a TSA officer.
The new feature is a fancy scanner that authenticates traveler IDs. It’s called Credential Authentication Technology (CAT), and it's available at 228 U.S. airports.
A few of these include the Reno-Tahoe (RNO), Albany (ALB), Syracuse Hancock (SYR), Charlotte Douglas (CLT), and Spokane (GEG) international airports.
The TSA hasn't published a comprehensive list of airports using CAT, but you can simply look for the signs in the security area to know if CAT is in play.
However, keep in mind that this fancy technology is only for travelers 18 and over with valid photo IDs. Anyone under 18 will still need to show a TSA officer their boarding pass.
The system can handle various forms of ID, including licenses, state IDs, passports, and military ID cards. The ID readers use a monitor and UV light to confirm the ID is legit.
However, this doesn't mean you can toss your boarding pass. You still need it to board the plane, and TSA highly encourages travelers to keep a backup just in case.