US airport security trials biometric screening

Airport security at BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport in Baltimore, Maryland, has been trialling a new security platform that employs biometrics.

Developed by Priva, the Cleared ID authentication technology is part of the BWI SecureScreen programme and enables airport security to positively identify anyone with access to the cockpit.

The integrated trust system "goes beyond biometrics" in order to enhance security, protect against systemic fraud and intrusion and maintain privacy, reports.

Using the only biometrically-enabled microchip on the market that has been granted US government FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, the technology stores fingerprints, photograph and other security information on a ClearKey token with a USB interface that can only be accessed by security staff at checkpoints.

Paul Onorato, president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (Capa), commented that the organisations is "pleased with the success, thus far, of the BWI SecureScreen programme".

The American Association of Airport Executives and the Airports Council International - North America are calling for a new framework to be adopted for the current and future development of all airport biometric security systems.

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