New Program Will Allow Use of Apple Wallet Instead of Analog ID at TSA Checkpoints

Apple has found eight states to participate in a program that lets people securely add their state ID or driver’s license to their Apple Wallet for use at airport security checkpoints.

Connecticut, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will be joining soon while the program is already in place in Arizona and Georgia. Apple claims the program is a new, fast and secure way to interact with TSA agents at the airport.

Apple announced no specific dates for when the program will go live in additional states signed up to the program.

The security protocol will require the user to take a self after uploading a picture of their state ID or driver’s license. Users will also be required to complete a series of face and head movements, much like Face ID, and submit those for verification. Only afterwards will their information be provided for the state to verify.

However, users will still have to carry ID if traveling to states not participating in the program.

Additional security measures include the use of biometrics to ensure the correct person is attempting to use the phone or watch.