TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

TSA Designes New Technology to Make Travel Safer

November 24, 2020

TSA Designes New Technology to Make Travel Safer
With regards to 2020, this previous year has been, well, we should simply say unique. Especially for the airline industry.

If it's been awhile since you've flown, TSA needs you to know about certain changes.

For example, they've turned out something many refer to as Credential Authentication Technology, or CAT for short. It's intended to catch phony forms of identification.

Mancha says when you approach TSA security, rather than giving your ID to a agent, you'll place it into the CAT unit for scanning. Doing it without anyone else's help during COVID-19 precautionary measures will cut down on touch points.

Spotlight

In May 2019, TravelOnline surveyed 10,000 Australian travellers about how they justify their travelling priorities. By looking at the connections between work, family, finance, consumer behaviour and travel, we were able to gain a better understanding of our customers holiday habits. We know that Aussies love to travel and our survey found that 64.7% of people feel happier for taking holidays. However, we also found that Aussies are reluctant to use all of their annual leave and many experience guilt when requesting time off work.

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Spotlight

In May 2019, TravelOnline surveyed 10,000 Australian travellers about how they justify their travelling priorities. By looking at the connections between work, family, finance, consumer behaviour and travel, we were able to gain a better understanding of our customers holiday habits. We know that Aussies love to travel and our survey found that 64.7% of people feel happier for taking holidays. However, we also found that Aussies are reluctant to use all of their annual leave and many experience guilt when requesting time off work.