The US Customs and Border Protection agency has brought its biometric exit program to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
The system uses facial recognition technology to scan travelers as they board their planes, matching their faces against those compiled from travel documents of registered passengers. The CBP’s aim is to collect the biometrics of non-citizens leaving the country, so if a traveler’s face matches a US passport photo, that data is discarded soon after collection.
The Houston deployment arrives soon after the system went into action at the Washington Dulles International Airport earlier this month. As in that program, which applied only to daily flights to Dubai, the Houston system is being used for one daily flight, in this case to Tokyo.
In a statement announcing the Houston deployment, the CBP did not name the provider of the facial recognition technology being used, but NEC announced this week that it had provided such technology for the Dulles project, and a pilot program in Atlanta that preceded it.
June 28, 2017 – by Alex Perala