According to this piece in the USA Today, TSA is testing a machine that automatically authenticates most forms of identification. They’re testing it at Washington Dulles (IAD), my home airport, so I may get to try it soon.
I don’t really view this as a huge enhancement by the TSA that will speed up my experience. I’m sure it will help weed out a few fraudulent documents, but I don’t really view that as speeding up the process.
What I do find impressive here is a demonstration, if only an insignificant one, that TSA istryingto improve the screening process for it’s customers.