TSA wants to replace ID cards with no-touch fingerprint scanners, starting with a Denver airport test

Denver International Airport's iconic demonic horse, known as Blucifer. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver International Airport's iconic demonic horse, known as Blucifer. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dia; denver international airport; blucifer; public art; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Denver International Airport’s iconic demonic horse, known as Blucifer. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Creepy convenience expands to a new frontier this week at Denver International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration is temporarily testing fingerprint scanning technology in a TSA PreCheck line at Denver International Airport.

Agents will ask passengers to voluntarily have their fingers scanned. The technology on display will include “contactless scanners” that don’t require users to touch the device, according to TSA.

The idea is to test whether the system can successfully link fingerprints to boarding passes and personal information. (If you’re a PreCheck member, they already have your fingerprints.)

If it works, this technology eventually could be used to “automate the travel document checking process by eliminating the need for a boarding pass and identity document,” TSA stated in a press release.

TSA also will be testing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In a demonstration video, transparent doors automatically swung open after a tester presented his fingerprint.

Customs and Border Protection also is testing facial recognition technology, as USA Today reported.

And, just to be clear, people who use the scanners in Denver will still have to present tickets and ID as usual.

Andrew Kenney

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