CBP launches use of facial recognition biometric technology at JFK Airport in NYC

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the deployment of facial recognition biometric technology at one Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days for a technical demonstration. CBP is partnering with TSA to utilize international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs.

As in CBP’s current biometric exit technical demonstrations, it will use the flight manifests to build a photo gallery of travelers boarding international flights using travelers’ images from passports, visas, and other travel documents. When travelers on outbound international flights reach the TSA ticket document checking podium, the TSA officer will review the traveler’s boarding pass and identity documents in accordance with TSA’s standard operating procedures and will then direct the traveler to a camera placed next to the podium. After capturing the facial image, the traveler will proceed through the TSA security checkpoint and to their departure gate as usual.

CBP will use the facial images for analytical purposes only and all images will be deleted within 14 days. CBP and TSA maintains their commitment to protecting the privacy of all travelers.

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