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FL: Face Scans for International Travelers at Florida Airport

[ – 6/21/18]

Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding.

Airports in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington already use face scans for some departing international flights, but they don’t involve all international travelers at the airports like the program’s expansion in Orlando would. The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler’s identity.

U.S. citizens at these airports can opt out, but the agency “doesn’t seem to be doing an adequate job letting Americans know they can opt out,” said Harrison Rudolph, an associate at the Center on Privacy; Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  1. AO

    Age of paranoia of where we do because we can. It’s like the now nearly 20-year-old TSA who year, after year, after year, have 80%+ failure rate when tested for finding contraband. They’re entirely useless, expensive, and add unneeded burden to all travelers for absolutely zero gain. They’re no better than a tiger rock.

    • TR

      I saw this on the news yesterday and it looks so complicated and such a burden to even travel now and it sure looked like it by the looks of the travelers coming and going on TV news.

  2. Ted

    Per NPR report

    Comfortable or not, travelers should probably get used to the technology. President Trump signed an executive action last year urging the government to speed up the airport use of biometric tracking, and CBP hopes to have face scanners installed at all the nation’s airports in four years.

  3. Facts should matter

    Good. I want “law abiding” Americans to suffer privacy curtailment, humiliation and inconvenience.

    And of course this will all be justified and sold under the tired argument: “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about.”

    • AJ

      And of course this will all be justified and sold under the tired argument: “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about.”
      Yeah, I love refuting that line with, “then why do you have a door on your bathroom? Why do you have drapes on your windows? Are you doing something wrong?” That usually shuts someone up about it.

  4. AJ

    U.S. citizens at these airports can opt out
    …which I’m sure “may” subject you to further screening. Funny how “may” hits 100% of the time.

  5. bob jones

    just the other days someone (I dunno if it was a PIG or a security fool) but they got onto a plane with a STUN gun ! good going TSA POS….

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