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House panel advances bill to study TSA’s embrace of digital IDs

June 17, 2024

Via: FCW

Bipartisan legislation that would study the Transportation Security Administration’s use of digital identification systems is headed to the House floor after making it through a key committee last week.

During a House Homeland Security Committee markup on June 12, the panel’s members favorably advanced legislation introduced by Reps. Clay Higgins, R-La., and Bill Foster, D-Ill., that would require TSA to compile a report on how its acceptance of digital IDs impacts U.S. homeland security.

Nine states offer mobile drivers licenses that are interoperable with TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology, or CAT units, with 27 airports across the U.S. now accepting the digital IDs. The agency said on its website that travelers can use their digital IDs by adding “your state-issued eligible driver’s license or identification card to your phone using a TSA-approved digital ID app or to your digital wallet.”

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