So now TSA intends to replicate the airlines' work ... how long will be they just take over everything and the first airline employee you see is on the plane? HS Today: TSA to Buy New Airplane Boarding Pass Scanners The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Monday released a solicitation requesting bids to supply it with new boarding pass scanners and support services. In its request for proposals (RFP), TSA said it was seeking all hardware, firmware and software for boarding pass scanner (BPS) units. The units must scan, process and display information from the boarding passes of air passengers as well as from linked databases. Acquisition of BPS units is part of a strategy at the TSA Office of Security Capabilities to deploy technologies that confirm the identity and validity of air passengers to thwart "any attempt to sabotage commerce and transportation," the RFP said. Scanning boarding passes matches passenger information against information in DHS terrorist watchlists. "In order to accomplish this, a passenger's vetting status, supplied by Secure Flight, must be retrieved in order to determine the appropriate level of screening," TSA said. "The BPS units with modified firmware can be used as a prescreening device, informing the passengers if they are in the PreCheck lane or standard lane, in addition to other functionalities." In describing requirements for BPS units, TSA said they must be able to decrypt and read barcodes on airline boarding passes in both paper and mobile formats. BPS units must display a passenger's name, flight number, flight date and risk status for each PreCheck airline boarding pass. And they're targeting the hackers & photoshop jockies with this latest layer of baklava: BPS units also must register errors when the boarding pass has incorrect formatting, contains information on the wrong flight, contains information on flight time that is more than 24 hours away, or lacks a valid digital signature, among other problems.