US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Tuesday the deployment of facial recognition biometric exit technology to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) for select flights, according to a news release.
The technology has also been deployed by DBP at Washington Dulles International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. There will be deployments are additional airports this summer.
“Through our consultations with the airlines and airport stakeholders, and based on the success of several pilots, CBP determined that facial recognition was a viable exit solution,” said John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, in a news release.
CBP builds a flight specific photo gallery using photographs from the travel document provided to the airline. The live photo is compared to the document photo in the gallery to ensure the traveler is who they claim to be.
In addition, Delta and JetBlue are also partnering with CBP to integrate facial recognition technology as part of the boarding process. Delta is testing eGates at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
JetBlue is testing facial recognition technology at Boston Logan International Airport that allows passengers to self-board without scanning a boarding pass.