CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition ‘Viable Solution’ for Exit Program

“All of these are based upon an initial trial undertaken at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, and the CBP says more deployments at additional airports are planned for this summer.”

The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit program continues to expand with a new deployment at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition 'Viable Solution' for Exit ProgramFor select flights, travelers’ faces will be scanned, with their facial biometrics compared against passenger photos compiled from the flight manifest. The biometric records of those who are determined to be US citizens will be discarded soon after, while the CBP will retain the data of non-citizens.

It’s essentially the same program implemented last month at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and the Washington Dulles International Airport. All of these are based upon an initial trial undertaken at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, and the CBP says more deployments at additional airports are planned for this summer.

In a statement announcing the latest deployment, CBP Office of Field Operations Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said that the based on the organization’s consultations with airport and airline companies and the success of its previous pilot projects, “CBP determined that facial recognition was a viable exit solution.”

July 14, 2017 – by Alex Perala