However, a report released last week by Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology said testing of facial scans is being done at airports without certain legal and technical safeguards, while U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the issue.
“When American citizens travel by air internationally, they should not have to choose between privacy and security,” Markey said in a written statement.
Facial recognition boarding is one of a number of tests Delta is working with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on, including facial recognition technology used for exit screening at gates F6 and F9 at Hartsfield-Jackson since last year and other facial recognition tests at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and at the Concourse E gates in Atlanta. The exit screening technology is designed to give CBP "enhanced ability to record when visitors depart the U.S.," and all customer data is "securely managed by CBP," according to Delta.
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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the only remaining U.S. passenger airline to fly the 747, is retiring the plane from its fleet. In 1966, Boeing announced plans to build the 747. In 1969, the Boeing 747-100 made its first flight. The 747's distinctive "hump" could be used as a first-class lounge, extra seating or as cargo space. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines first operated the 747 in the 1970s. In this Oct. 1970 photo, a Delta crew gets set to take off on a pre-inaugural flight over north Georgia. As far