“Technocrats at the TSA have no regard for privacy or for their contribution to the creation of a police state. Their sales pitch stresses convenience and speed of check in. However, if TSA has not already created a convoluted system in the first place, such convenience would be moot. Nevertheless, the TSA says, “we believe it will change the face of international travel.” ⁃ TN Editor
As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington’s Dulles airport is being touted as a “user friendly” way to help ease congestion for air travelers.
Officials at Dulles unveiled two new face recognition systems Thursday, one to meet legal requirements for biometric entry-exit records, and a second to help speed processing of travelers arriving on international flights by matching their real-time images with stored photos.
The growing use of facial recognition has ignited debate over surveillance and privacy around the world, but officials told media this system was a way to help reducing annoying lines and wait times without compromising security.
“The technology works,” US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters at an airport unveiling.
“It’s fast, it’s user-friendly, it’s flexible and it’s cost-effective. And we believe it will change the face of international travel.”
Over time, officials say the biometric recognition system will allow a traveler’s face to eliminate the need for a boarding pass.