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­U.S. Airports Will ­se AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years


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A passenger looks into the camera for a facial recognition test before boarding his flight.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years.

Credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years, according to a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security report.

While the current imaging system can only look up photos based on flight manifests, a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system will use an algorithm to scan the faces of those boarding international flights and compare them to millions of photos on file to find a match.

The images in the database are pulled from visa and passport applications; if the image is not recognized, it can be looked up manually.

The AI system has been implemented in 15 U.S. airports, and tested on more than 15,000 flights; it was able to identify more than 7,000 travelers who overstayed their visas.

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