TSA Buys Machines to Check ID's & Boarding Passes

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by FetePerfection, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Must be nice to have endless supplies of money to spend on the latest technology. :rolleyes:

  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    What's the over/under on them recognizing NEXUS or US Passport cards?
  3. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    We already know the TSA track record with regards to private information.. Anybody think they'll really delete this information?

  4. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Well, maybe this time they're not blowing smoke up our as---.... uh, never mind.... :(
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  5. Are these machines going to make it so a Costco card is no longer acceptable ID? If so, what a sad loss to the absurdist theater.
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  6. Also wondering about this:

    Do all government issued ID's have chips and barcodes and such these days? What about foreign passports, are they all chipped and encoded, every last one? What if your chip or barcode or mag strip is fried? I'll wait to pass judgement, but this seems like a mess waiting to happen.
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    As opposed to the mess already happening that is the TSA?
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  8. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Well, all of this matching and checking and matching only stops honest people.

    Dishonest people will not be stopped by this shiny, new technology. Again, TSA has proven to be a solution in search of a problem.

    Even if the name on the ID matches the name on the BP, the name entered into inSecureFlight will not necessarily match, and I seriously doubt TSA has thought through the need to match all three, assuming that the inSecureFlight entry will match the PNR entry. They do not have to be one in the same to have a ticket issued.

    These people have not thought this "solution" through, and they can throw all of the bells and whistles and money at it they want, it adds nothing to security.

    Arguments related to internal border papers checks notwithstanding...
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  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Will the machines ask travelers to state their name? :p
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  10. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Yes, but only in the officially sanction "TSA speak" way - neanderthal :)
  11. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    I got around that at SFO last weekend.. I was on my way to HNL, and did not want to get into an argument with the clerk.. She asked my last name, I asked her "why", and she handed me back my BP and pp card :)
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  12. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Good to see some of them are getting worn down :)
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  13. INK

    INK Original Member

    One of the features of the NEXUS is the imbedded RFID chip that is used to bring up your passport info at the border. This may explain part of the cost. In addition to the bar code reader, it may have the RFID chip reader technology. At 500+ commercial airports, that is a lot of technology. If it recognizes my NEXUS it will be a small miracle.

    The NEXUS has a small numerical bar code. My DL has the 2D one.

    As to the "say your name," I have been thinking about getting one of those speech playback cards chip and speaker to same my name for me.

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