Did you know that Apple recently unveiled new technology that allows fliers to add their driver’s license or state ID to their Apple Wallet and use their device to get through airport security? Instead of having to get out their photo ID, travelers at some airports can now simply swipe their iPhone or Apple Watch..
The newer technology went live in March at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It has also been rolled out at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Denver International Airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The technology will continue to roll out at other airports throughout 2023.
Eligible fliers can scan their driver’s license or state ID into the Apple Wallet app, then take and upload a selfie. According to Apple, users will also be prompted to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process to help prevent fraud. The selfie and scanned ID are then sent to the issuing state for further approval.
The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) says this is all being done to help make airport security more efficient and secure. However, travelers are still expected to carry some form of an acceptable photo ID with them when traveling.