Information Systems Integration – Messina

Lauren Soentgen

TSA to Start using Facial Recognition for Domestic Flights

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TSA has recently announced its plans to start using facial recognition technology for domestic flights. Since 2015, Customs and Border Protection has been using facial recognition technology when non-US citizens enter the United States through international flights. This program was then expanded to US citizens that take international flights out of the US. TSA has decided to adopt this technology, which it claims will help various travel problems, to all domestic flights in the US.

The TSA will utilize a system called Biometric Pathway to have travelers face scanned. In order to better implement the new system, the TSA has agreed to partner with the Customs and Border Protection, as they have more experience with adopting the new technology.

The technology will make its debut later this month, when Delta Air Lines will create the first biometric terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The TSA believes that this will solve problems by speeding up automatic flight check-in, bag drop, ID verification and boarding flights. In recent years, the number of travelers using airplanes has increased, and this technology will let travelers rely less on physical documents such as passports. However, critics have claimed that this technology may cause privacy concerns and racial bias. Do you think this technology is smart to include in airports or that the negatives outweigh the potential positives? Are there any other issues that may occur from including this technology in airports?


New Password Key may End Standard Passwords


It has become common practice to use two factor authentication for passwords in order to make them more secure. An example of two factor would be having a code sent to your phone that you have to enter before logging into your email, or by using a physical token that can be plugged into a computer.

A company named YubiKey hopes to completely replace passwords for just the physical key. Its fifth generation physical key will support password less logon. This is beneficial to users everywhere because it dramatically increases the effectiveness of password security. Passwords fall short in many areas of security, especially since many people use the same password for multiple sites or platforms, increasing the chances of getting hacked or their information stolen.

The YubiKey will let users easily log into computers or other locked platforms such as work emails. The authentication process starts with step 1 of having the actual physical key, and step 2  is presenting the device to the computer to gain access. From there additional layers of authentication can be added. For example, users can opt to use a local pin as a second layer of protection. This differs from a password because it is never transmitted over the internet, so there is no chance it can be stolen. Microsoft has been working with the company in order to integrate it with Microsoft Azure and Windows 10. Do you think this technology will quickly replace standard passwords? Would you be willing to replace your standard password for this new physical security technology?


New Technology will Speed up Airport Security


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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that they will be rolling out new 3D carry-on luggage scanners throughout airports across America. The program just recently launched in July with about 12 airports being featured in the pilot program. The new 3D technology will replace current 2D luggage scanners that are found in most airports around the world. The improved scanners will feature Computed Tomography (CT) to take hundreds of pictures using a spinning X-ray camera. Using this new high resolution camera, TSA agents will have a more detailed view of the contents of passenger bags.

Currently, with the lower quality images and scanners, passengers must take out items such as electronics and liquids. The operation of unloading luggage to find certain items slows down the process of going through security and can make the airport experience much less enjoyable. With the new technology, passengers will no longer have to empty their bags, but instead can leave these items in their bag. It will also increase security, as the scanners will be able to better detect illegal contents.

With new technology trends brings new changes to industries. Currently airline users have the option to pay for TSA pre check, which is a paid ‘membership’ to expedite airport security. This includes the option that allows passengers to keep items in their luggage, with these new high tech scanners coming about, there is a decreased need of TSA pre check. What other trends do you think will be coming to the airport security or airline industry in general? How do you think these technology trends will either positively or negatively impact both the consumers and the business providing these services?