CBP implements facial recognition biometric exit technology

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the deployment of facial recognition biometric exit technology at Washington Dulles International Airport for one daily flight from the United States to Dubai. Future deployments of the technology are planned for additional airports this summer.

How will this work?
Using the flight manifest, CBP builds a flight-specific photo gallery using photographs from the travel document the traveler provided to the airline. CBP then compares the live photo against the document photo in the gallery to ensure the traveler is the true bearer of the document. If the photo captured at boarding is matched to a U.S. passport, the traveler—having been confirmed as a U.S. citizen—is automatically determined to be out of scope for biometric exit purposes and the photo is discarded after a short period of time. 

What to expect in the future?
In May, JetBlue announced it will collaborate with the CBP and SITA to test a new paperless and deviceless self-boarding process as part of ongoing trials to implement a biometric exit process in the future. JetBlue will be the first airline to integrate with CBP to use biometrics and facial recognition technology to verify customers at the gate during boarding. 

The program will start in June on flights from Boston Logan International Airport to Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba. Customers who opt-in during the boarding process can put away their boarding passes and devices and simply step up to the camera for a quick photo. Additional airline-led pilots will also go live this summer.

Where can I get more information?
Here is the link to the CBP Press Release on the Biometric Exit Technology implementation at Washington Dulles International Airport. The CBP has also provided a dedicated web page on its Biometric Travel Security initiatives here. For the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Comprehensive Biometric Entry/Exit Plan Fiscal Year 2016 Report to Congress, follow this link. If you have questions about how this will affect you, contact us to see how we can help. Follow us on InstagramTwitterFacebookLinkedIn and  Tumblr, for up-to-date immigration news.


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