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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