Delta tests facial recognition technology in Atlanta and New York

Source: Delta Air Lines

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Source: Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is testing facial recognition technology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection exit screening in Atlanta and New York.

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at gates F6 and F9 on international Concourse F, the test is part of an effort Atlanta-based Delta has been working with Customs on for the past year.

Last summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was testing facial recognition technology at Hartsfield-Jackson to verify the identities of passengers departing on Delta's daily Atlanta-Tokyo flight.

The agency said then that several Congressional mandates direct the Department of Homeland Security to record the arrival and departure of non-U.S. citizens by collecting biometrics. It plans to start doing so for those leaving the United States from the busiest airports in 2018.

Delta said Tuesday that its customers departing on international flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport this summer will have their identities confirmed using facial recognition technology while they scan their boarding pass.

Delta says it is the first airline to partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the process, and is using technology from NEC Corporation of America in Atlanta and Vision-Box in New York. The customer data will be "securely managed by CBP," according to Delta.


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