Travelers Can Use Their iPhones to Breeze Through Security at This Phoenix Airport


Fumbling for your ID at airport security could soon be a thing of the past. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has partnered with Apple to rollout new technology that allows you to upload your state-issued ID to your Apple Wallet, using your iPhone or Apple Watch to swipe through airport security.

The program just launched at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and is currently available to Arizona ID-holders. But Apple says it plans to expand into Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and Puerto Rico airports soon.

To add your ID to your Apple Wallet, you’ll have to scan the front and back of your ID and take a selfie. These images are then sent to the issuing state for verification. As an additional security precaution, you’ll have to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process to help confirm your identity. The state will verify your request and have final say over whether you’re approved to add your ID to your Apple Wallet.

Once your ID has been uploaded, all you have to do is tap your iPhone or Apple Watch to the identity reader at participating airport security checkpoints. The TSA security officer will then verify your identity and flight status for a secure, fast, and touchless identity verification experience. TSA will also capture a picture of you for verification purposes, but you’ll never have to hand over your device to an officer.

“We expect PHX to be the first of many airports this year to feature this innovation as TSA continues to enable a more efficient checkpoint experience for passengers,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske in a press release
At the moment, only TSA PreCheck members are eligible for the program, and the ability to upload your ID to your Apple Wallet is limited to iPhone 8s or later running iOS 15.4 software, and Apple Watch Series 4s or later running watchOS 8.4 software or later.

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