Delta Airlines Launches CBP Biometric Pilot at JFK Int’l Airport

“[A] project at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will start up later this summer, and will use facial recognition technology provided by NEC Corporation of America for customer screening ahead of boarding at gates E10 and E12, with a further expansion planned to F6 and F9.”

Delta Airlines and the US Customs and Border Protection agency have launched a new biometric airport screening pilot project at JFK International Airport in New York.Delta Airlines Launches CBP Biometric Pilot at JFK Int'l Airport

Using biometric technology provided by Vision-Box, the system uses facial recognition technology to scan travelers at automated eGates, which open to the boarding area when customers’ faces match the information in their travel documents. The system came into effect this week at gate B24.

Another project at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will start up later this summer, and will use facial recognition technology provided by NEC Corporation of America for customer screening ahead of boarding at gates E10 and E12, with a further expansion planned to F6 and F9.

The trial projects are part of the CBP’s broader Biometric Entry-Exit Program, and their announcement comes a week after that of the CBP’s biometric exit program now in operation at Washington Dulles International Airport. Meanwhile, the CBP is also working with another US airline, JetBlue, on a passenger screening system aimed at entirely replacing travel documents with passive biometric identification.

June 14, 2017 – by Alex Perala