TWIC is more than just another pretty ID card. Pictures and thumbprints are just the ante.
Sure it will be used for visual identity checks. Card holders will have to present their cards to authorized personnel, who will check the photo, inspect security features on the TWIC and look for signs of tampering. But it gets better (and more efficient): The Coast Guard will conduct vessel and facility inspections and use hand-held readers during spot checks to ensure credentials are valid and identity is verified. A second rulemaking will establish access control requirements, including the use of electronic readers by certain vessel and facility owners and operators. [MORE]