The French company, which specializes in new digital security and biometrics technologies, has reached a record figure by enrolling more than 15 million American travelers in its TSA PreCheck program.
What is the TSA?
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is an American government agency created after the attacks of September 11, 2001, whose main mission is to ensure the safety of travelers on national territory.
A mission made possible in part thanks to IDEMIA, the main supplier of biometric sensors in more than 180 countries.
Fast and secure access for travelers
With the TSA Precheck program, millions of travelers can move faster, without wasting time in boarding areas, by accessing expedited security lanes at US airport checkpoints.
To do this, the traveler must first take steps to integrate the program via an application center where he must provide his fingerprints, a valid identity document, documents attesting to his American citizenship and the 85 $ registration fee.
A negligible cost compared to the time saved to go through security checkpoints at airports, not to mention the exemption from inconveniences such as having to remove your shoes or belt at the checkpoint.
A growing number of members
If the TSA PreCheck system is intended to streamline queues at airports, it was originally reserved for only a handful of travelers.
The program has continued to expand, so that today, any American citizen is potentially eligible for “this list of trusted travelers”, as long as he does not have a mention on his criminal record. .
A list which could grow further in the years to come by allowing certain foreign travelers, such as business travelers, to become eligible in turn.
Encouraging prospects for IDEMIA, which could see its number of people enrolled in the program continue to grow well beyond the milestone reached today.