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Americans could soon fly using IDs stored on their phones under Apple-TSA project

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Forget the paperwork at the check-in desk. Just don’t forget your phone.

Apple customers may soon be able to use their iPhones as identification before boarding flights in the US, the company announced on Monday at its annual World Wide Developers Conference.

Later this year, the company will roll out updates allowing users to scan their drivers license and store an encrypted copy in Apple Wallet.

The Transportation Security Administration is reportedly working towards a protocol to accept the digital ID documents for flights in participating states.

The consumer tech giant is also working on applying similar technology to digital copies of home, work, hotel, and car keys.

The Independent has reached out to Apple and the TSA for more information on this breaking news story.

In April, Patently Apple reported the company had filed a successfully granted patent for “Systems relating to a National ID Verification System,” showing how mobile phone users could have their identities verified, including through digitally stored biometric information.

The move into travel documents is the latest expansion of the popular Apple Wallet app, which was launched in 2012. Apple users can already use the feature to store plane tickets, concert passes, student IDs, as well as credit and debit cards via Apple Pay.

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