Boarding pass scanning: TSA to create a new level of redundancy

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, May 8, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    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.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Never mind that the 9/11 hijackers used valid ID's and possessed valid boarding passes.

    Have nice flight, Mr. Atta. Has anyone told you that you look just like your picture?
  3. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Riiiiight. since TSA has done such a fantastic and accurate job at every single other task they've tacked:rolleyes:, let's bungled up yet another cog in the beast.

    Next thing they'll try to land the planes on the runway....
  4. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Ohhhh, nooooeeessss!!! :eek: No, no, not that! I will pay an exorbitant fee to keep that from happening!!!!
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well..... If we could load up the planes with TSA clerks and then let the landing attempts commence..........
  6. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    ^Brilliant idea!! :D
  7. Where was it that they're getting the money for this sort of thing?
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's only redundant if they can actually do it - and evidence suggests that the TSA is incapable of finding employees capable of this sort of "work."
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Check your pocket, it is even more empty with the current administration that only knows one word. Tax
  10. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I disagree. They also know the word "SPEND"!
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If my wife can almost do it (she did land her 757 sim but on a taxi way :D ) there are probably some who could manage it if they can bring themselves to quit groping the crew & pax long enough to line up the glide slope indicator.
  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    That could be the 5 minutes session squeezed into their 'University course.' And they could then toot about how they use advance technology (video games) in their 'training.'

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