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TSA detects 6,737 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2023

WASHINGTON—During 2023, the Transportation Security Administration intercepted a total of 6,737 firearms at airport security checkpoints, preventing them from getting into the secure areas of the airport and onboard aircraft. Approximately 93% of these firearms were loaded. This total surpasses the previous year’s record of 6,542 firearms stopped at checkpoints and represents the highest one-year total in TSA’s history. “We …


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TSA seeks public comments on proposed regulation regarding mobile driver’s licenses, REAL ID-compliant identification

WASHINGTON—The Transportation Security Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would allow the continued use of mobile driver’s licenses (mDL) at TSA airport security checkpoints beyond the 2025 REAL ID implementation deadline. This proposed rule would allow for continued use of mDLs at participating TSA checkpoints after May 7, 2025, when passengers will be required to show REAL ID-compliant …


TSA now accepts mobile IDs in Google Wallet on Android mobile devices, starting with the State of Maryland

WASHINGTON—In collaboration with the State of Maryland and Google, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now accepts Maryland-issued mobile driver’s licenses and ID cards in Google Wallet on Android mobile phones at select TSA airport security checkpoints. TSA PreCheck® passengers will be able to use this new feature at checkpoints for identity verification at 25 participating airports. “TSA’s partnership with Google …

TSA awards up to $1.3 billion to procure additional CT X-ray scanners for airport checkpoints

WASHINGTON—The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the award of three orders for a combined total value of up to $1.3 billion for Computed Tomography (CT) scanners to include up to 426 base, 359 mid-size, and 429 full-size units, if all options are exercised, for deployment across TSA checkpoints starting Summer 2023. Analogic Corporation will provide base-size units. IDSS Holdings …

REAL ID enforcement deadline pushed back to 2025

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Under the new regulations published to execute this change, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established …

MDOT MVA launches Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration this week announced the launch of Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet, providing Marylander residents with an easy, fast, and secure, digital version of their MDOT MVA-issued driver’s license or state ID card. Maryland residents can choose to add their driver’s license or state identification card to Apple Wallet, and seamlessly …

MDOT announces masks now optional at BWI Marshall Airport, on MTA Transit Systems

HANOVER, MD—The Transportation Security Administration has rescinded the security directives requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs that were scheduled to take effect on Tuesday. Effective immediately, masks are now optional in the terminal and on flights arriving and departing from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Masks also are now optional on all Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland …

Apple announces Maryland as one of first states to adopt driver’s licenses, state IDs in Apple Wallet

CUPERTINO, CA—Apple on Wednesday announced that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, …