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CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport (LAS) has become the latest site of the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric airport screening program. The deployment comes just a few weeks after the CBP brought biometric passenger screening to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. As in that deployment and others, the LAS system will use facial…

TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

A new partnership will allow Maryland residents to sign up for TSA PreCheck at their local Motor Vehicle Administration offices. MorphoTrust and the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) have announced that IdentoGO services have come to MVA offices in Annapolis, Waldorf, and Salisbury, and that such services will arrive to Frederick,…

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

The American Civil Liberties Union is laying out its objections to the US government’s increasing use of facial recognition at airports in a new blog post by policy analyst Jay Stanley. Titled “What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition”, the post comes in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s discussion last week with privacy…

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

The US Customs and Border Protection agency met with privacy advocates this week to discuss its expanding program of biometric border screening at US airports. In announcing the talks, the CBP asserted that it held them with the Department of Homeland Security and “representatives from the privacy community”, though it did not name the specific…

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Authorities in Malaysia are urging the United Nations’ refugee agency to share its data on refugees in the country. As Channel News Asia reports, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan framed the issue as a security concern pertaining to the Islamic State, with authorities worried that militants have slipped into the country through the UNHCR’s refugee…

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

The Australian government has contracted Vision-Box to provide biometric screening technology for arrivals at the country’s international airports. The contract builds on a relationship previously established when Vision-Box was selected to provide biometric SmartGates at airport departures as part of the Seamless Traveller program launched in 2015. The new contract covers a three-year period, and…

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Administrators at Singapore’s Changi Airport are getting ready to showcase its technologically sophisticated new terminal with an open house scheduled for August 7th to August 20th. Terminal 4, or T4, will be the conduit for the airport’s new Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) program, which is designed to use biometric identification technology to speed up…

Delta, CLEAR Enable Biometric Boarding for Rewards Members at DCA

Delta, CLEAR Enable Biometric Boarding for Rewards Members at DCA

Delta Air Lines’ biometric experiment at the Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has entered into its second phase, allowing passengers to replace their boarding passes with a fingerprint scan. It’s an expansion of a trial program first launched a couple of months ago, when Delta announced it was working with biometric screening specialist CLEAR to…

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

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).…

Air France-KLM CEO Urges Authorities to Speed Airport Screening with Biometrics

Air France-KLM CEO Urges Authorities to Speed Airport Screening with Biometrics

The CEO of Air France-KLM, an airline serving France and the Netherlands, is urging French authorities to take measures to expedite security screening at the country’s major airports. Speaking to Reuters, Jean-Marc Janaillac said that lines at the Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports’ security screening can be over two hours long. Janaillac said…

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Israel’s implementation of a national biometric ID program is causing serious delays at the country’s main airport, reports Haaretz. Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, approved the implementation of the biometric ID program earlier this year amid some controversy, with the law coming into effect on June 1st. As Haaretz reports, travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport have…

Gemalto Offers Further Details on French Biometric Airport Deployments

Gemalto Offers Further Details on French Biometric Airport Deployments

Gemalto is offering further details on its biometric passenger screening projects at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports as they start to get underway. The company first announced it had been selected to implement the technology last autumn. The work is getting underway this year, and Gemalto has revealed that it is deploying 87 automated…

TSA PreCheck Reaches Five-Million Mark

TSA PreCheck Reaches Five-Million Mark

“It comes after the implementation of new initiatives to extend the program’s reach, including an expansion into concert and festival screening, and the deployment of a traveling enrollment RV…” OT-Morpho subsidiary MorphoTrust USA has announced that its IdentoGO service has now enrolled five million customers in TSA PreCheck, its biometric pre-screening program for US air…

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japan’s Justice Ministry is preparing new legislation that will pave the way for a biometric entry and exit program for citizens traveling to and from the country’s airports, reports The Japan Times. The system being planned will use facial recognition to match travelers’ live images to those stored in their passports, with the aim being…

Travelers Embracing Self-Service Technologies: SITA Survey

Travelers Embracing Self-Service Technologies: SITA Survey

Self-service systems significantly enhance the passenger experience, suggest results from a new survey from air travel solutions provider SITA. The twelfth edition of the SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, conducted in partnership with Air Transport World, polled over 7,000 passengers from 17 countries around the world. Passengers who went through biometric screening at airports rated…

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

The head of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is urging the Department of Homeland Security to consider the use of enhanced biometric scanning and other sophisticated technology to secure flights, rather than implement its proposed ban on laptops and similar electronic devices for flights coming to the US. In a press release, CTA CEO Gary…

CBP Brings Biometric Exit Program to Houston

CBP Brings Biometric Exit Program to Houston

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…

CBP Biometric Exit Pilot Project Uses NEC Facial Recognition Tech

CBP Biometric Exit Pilot Project Uses NEC Facial Recognition Tech

“…NEC has revealed that the project uses its NeoFace cloud-based biometric matching technology, and its NeoFace Express device.” NEC technology is being used in the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit trial program at the Washington Dulles International Airport, the company has announced. The project came into action near the start of this…

CLEAR Biometric Screening Arrives at LAX

CLEAR Biometric Screening Arrives at LAX

The CLEAR biometric passenger screening system has launched at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), allowing travelers to quickly move through security by undergoing fingerprint or eye scans. Commenting on the deployment, the CEO of LAX municipal operator LAWA, Deborah Flint, lauded the CLEAR system as one that will “help travelers save time.” For CLEAR’s…

Dubai Airport to Use Biometrics and Blockchain for Passive Passenger Screening

Dubai Airport to Use Biometrics and Blockchain for Passive Passenger Screening

Dubai Airport is aiming for a ‘gate-less border’ with a new partnership with ObjectTech. The company has been contracted to establish a passive traveler identification system based on biometrics and blockchain auditing, to which end it will work with Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA). Specifics concerning which biometric modalities will be…

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