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Biometric screening at airports is spreading fast, but some fear the face-scanning systems

Traveling abroad? Get ready to smile for the camera.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is rolling out facial-recognition systems at the nation’s 20 top airports. The systems are designed to verify the identities of passengers entering and exiting the country by measuring unique facial "landmarks," such as the distance between the eyes or from forehead to chin, and cross-checking that data with passport photos already on file.

The biometric systems are already in use at some airports, and they could be in place everywhere as early as October 2020. They’re similar to the biometric systems that some airlines have begun using to simplify and speed up the departure process.

Delta implemented a “curb-to-gate” facial recognition system for international travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December, and the airline says it will bring the program to Detroit Metropolitan Airport this year. Other airlines, including JetBlue, British Airways and Lufthansa, are running biometric pilot programs of their own.

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by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2019

How long before your facial characteristics get sold to private companies so they can target you to sell you shit

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2019

yup, that's next

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2019

It’s all becoming very Minority Report

by Anonymousreply 303/14/2019

Also those leaving the country....

(Just in case you're not aware of the real reason for The Wall)

by Anonymousreply 403/14/2019

We've had them at Manchester Airport in the UK for years and they are hopeless (all 6 generations of them).

50% of the time they either can't read my (UK issued) passport or can't recognize you. I doubt they could read any passports from outside of the UK.

They make the queues (lines) even longer and create a very hostile and confrontational situation with border staff.

by Anonymousreply 503/14/2019

But what's the point, since we don't have a terrorism problem? Thanks to our intrepid TSAs on the front lines.

by Anonymousreply 603/14/2019

I think Canada has this in place.

Australia was wonderful, it was like US airports before 911.

Plus, everywhere else I have been the custom agents are friendly and kind. In the US they act like prison guards; there is no excuse for that.

by Anonymousreply 703/14/2019

Border Agents in Italy are very friendly even though they are officers of the National Police Force (Polizia di Stato), which is unusual now.

The Biometric scanners in Italy also work very well.

by Anonymousreply 803/14/2019

If you think your face hasn't already been scanned, digitized, analyzed, and stored, you're deluding yourself.

by Anonymousreply 903/14/2019

R9 Yeah if you are on Facebook, it's a given.

by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2019
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