Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Starting today, travelers coming to Canada through the Ottawa International Airport will use biometric kiosks to enter the country.

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for VisitorsThe kiosks replace the paper customs forms previously used to process new arrivals to the country. After disembarking, visitors will use the kiosks to enter their details, with the kiosks scanning their faces and comparing the images against those in their passports. Alternatively, travelers can use a mobile app to complete much of the process on the plane, proceeding to upload the data to the kiosks upon arrival.

The launch of the biometric kiosks comes soon after a CBC report detailing plans for automated biometric traveler screening on the part of the Canada Border Services Agency. The report said efforts to realize such systems were underway in Ottawa, Quebec City, and Toronto, and named Vision-Box as the biometric screening specialist working with authorities at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

As for Ottawa International Airport’s system, it’s expected to be expanded across the country by the end of the year, according to CTV News.

Sources: CTV News, CBC News

March 20, 2017 – by Alex Perala