As terror organizations such as ISIS prompt fear in the minds of travelers, airlines have had to resort to additional means and innovations to secure the safety of their customers. In doing to, airlines have previously resorted to fingerprint scans, bag seizures and randomized checks—and now, facial comparison technology.
Moving this particular innovation along, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services are now testing the facial comparison technology at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to verify travelers’ identities. If they are able to prove the success in using this technology, the results could lead to monumental changes in airports across the United States, and eventually the world.
According to AJC.com, the test will involve travelers having their digital photographs taken while they are showing their boarding pass and prior to entering the jetway. During these initial tests, the photo requirement will affect passengers departing on Delta Air Lines’ daily Atlanta-Tokyo flight from June 13 through Sept. 30. As of right now, CBP plans to start using this technology to record the departure of non-U.S. citizens leaving through some of the busiest airports through the collection of biometrics and multi-factor authentication by the year 2018.
If and when implemented, the agency hopes to be able to secure this biometric data for “post-departure analysis.”
“As CBP works towards deploying a comprehensive biometric exit system, it is important that we continue to test available technology and our systems capabilities,” said deputy executive assistant commissioner of field operations John Wagner in a statement. “Our goal remains to implement a biometric exit system that conforms with existing standard operating procedures so that the incorporation of biometrics has minimal impact on airlines, airports, and the traveling public.
However, while the CBP has claimed that all U.S. passport information would be deleted immediately upon identity confirmation, and non-U.S. information deleted after analyses are run, there exists the potential for identity theft and information hacking to arise.