The CBP has determined that facial recognition biometric exit technology is a viable solution to managing the entrance and exit of travelers coming through U.S. airports. The technology is provided by the Department of Homeland Security through its office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). The system, dubbed IDENT, currently processes some 300,000 biometric transactions each day. The pilot programs launched at some airports over the past year will allow the CBP to determine how well it works with various flights, airports, lighting conditions and internal IT configurations and whether it is flexible, reliable and easy for travelers to use.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
The technology is being used for unspecified select flights from Chicago since July 2017.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Testing on facial recognition technology started in June 2017 on a single daily flight between the United States and Tokyo.
Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Initial airport testing of facial biometrics began in Atlanta in June 2016 to determine how well the technology would work with existing IT systems.
William P. Hobby Airport
The technology was unveiled in August 2017 for use on select flights from the airport.
John F. Kennedy International Airport
A 30-day testing program began in October 2017 using the technology at an unspecified TSA security checkpoint.
Los Angeles World Airports
Three self-service biometric boarding gates use facial recognition technology to get passengers on board international British Airways flights at LAX.
McCarran International Airport
The technology was deployed in August 2017 for a single daily flight from the US to Guadalajara, Mex.
Miami International Airport
The technology started being tested on an unspecified flight from Miami in October 2017.
Washington Dulles International Airport
In June 2017, the airport introduced facial recognition biometric exit technology for a daily flight from the United States to Dubai.