by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the sixth U.S. airport where facial recognition technology will be used to screen all international passengers—including American citizens—at some departure gates as they board flights leaving the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this week.
It’s part of an aggressive rollout of biometrics by CBP, airlines, and airports at a growing number of terminals nationwide.
The facial recognition cameras are being deployed for “select flights” at O’Hare.
The CBP release did not specify the routes.
“With the expansion of this technology we will be looking at different flights, airports, lighting conditions, and internal IT configurations to demonstrate to our stakeholders that this solution is flexible, reliable and easy for travelers to use,” said John Wagner, the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner at CBP’s Office of Field Operations.
Camera Monopod ‘Small,’ ‘Mobile’
CBP mounts cameras on monopods to take a photo of departing passengers at the pre-selected gates.
Officers began using the technology in June of 2016 on a daily Delta flight from Atlanta to Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
Travelers step onto mats with a printed set of footprints. Two uniformed CBP officers staff each camera and ask a passenger for their passport.
“We are literally checking every traveler that’s leaving the country on this flight using this technology,” CBP spokesman Rob Brisley told The Voyage Report in an interview earlier this year.
That includes American citizens, which may raise privacy concerns.
“It’s small, it’s mobile and it’s a matter of seconds for the passenger before they literally board the plane,” Brisley explained.
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