The Port of Tampa in Florida is having its security upgraded before the 2009 Super Bowl. The 40,000 port workers will begin enrolling in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, which will be rolled out in September.
Workers have primarily used a flash pass to gain entry into the port, but soon the smart card ID with biometrics will be used. The Coast Guard, which is running the program, is still reviewing how to enforce the new rules once the ID program officially starts. The Port of Tampa is the largest freight-handling port in the state. It handles 50 million tons of cargo every year.
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