November 21, 2020

Manchin Applauds TSA Upgrades At Yeager Airport

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for installing a credential authentication technology (CAT) unit at Yeager Airport which aims to create a more hassle free screening process for passengers.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we must work together to implement new technology and procedures to reduce our risk. Today’s announcement is a great step for Yeager Airport and I am pleased the TSA is investing in our airport with this new technology. The CAT unit will help TSA officials authenticate passengers IDs and boarding passes with less contact and quicker screening, limiting passenger and staff interaction. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this new system at Yeager and will continue to advocate for funding that supports our airports across West Virginia,” said Senator Manchin.

CAT units authenticate several thousand types of IDs including passports, military common access cards, retired military ID cards, Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler ID cards, uniformed services ID cards, permanent resident cards, U.S. visas and driver’s licenses and photo IDs issued by state motor vehicle departments. A CAT unit consists of the passport reader, an ID card reader, a Federal personal identity verification ID card reader, a monitor, a stand and a UV light.