JFK Airport Using Face Recognition Technology

Aerial view of JFK International Airport, New York, from the northeast
Aerial view of JFK International Airport, New York. (Wikipedia/Joe Mabel)

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has started using new face recognition technology. The biometric readers match a person’s face to their passport.

Customs agents unveiled the biometric technology on Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told WCBS-TV that the technology was implemented to help reduce human error. He said the images will be deleted unless it is determined that additional enforcement action is required.

Initially, the readers will be used to screen passengers arriving from countries where visas are waived and to randomly check on returning U.S. citizens.

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