Delta Air Lines will implement facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport from Friday, with cameras identifying passengers at a boarding gate with more to be installed after. The move has been met with controversy however, as groups such as Greenpeace call for a federal banning of the technology by law enforcement agencies. Critics say the technology could be used to violate privacy and date, as well as pointing to issues with accuracy for non-white male subjects. A spokeswoman for the coalition of groups, which also includes MoveOn and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the groups also oppose the use of the technology by airlines. 'There is no real oversight for how a private corporation can use our biometric information once they've collected it,' said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future.
Passengers use facial recognition scanners before boarding a British Airways flight in Orlando, Fla. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption The use of facial scanning is becoming commonplace -- maybe you've heard of the new iPhone? At the Orlando International Airport, Britain-bound passengers -- some wearing Mickey Mouse T-shirts and other Disney paraphernalia -- lined up at Gate 80 recently for the evening British Airways flight to London's Gatwick Airport. It looks like any other airport departure area, except for the two small gates with what look like small boxes on posts next to them. Those boxes are actually cameras. They were installed earlier this month by SITA, the Geneva-based company that develops information technology for the world's airlines, in conjunction with British Airways and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.
Getting through airport security is now as simple as scanning your face. Delta Air Lines today launched what it's calling the first'biometric terminal' in the US at the international terminal in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Customers use facial recognition to verify their identity as they check in at self-service kiosks, move through security and board their flight. Getting through airport security is now as simple as scanning your face. Delta Air Lines today launched the first'biometric terminal' in the US at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport Users enter their passport information on Delta's website during online check-in.
Your face is now your passport. American Airlines is joining a growing list of companies that are beginning to offer facial recognition as a means of identification. The world's largest airline will now let some passengers simply scan their face to board their flight at the Los Angeles International Airport. American Airlines is joining a growing list of companies that are beginning to offer facial recognition as a means of identification. American Airlines is rolling out facial recognition cameras as part of a 90-day test to identify people before they get on board their flights from LAX's Terminal 4. The pilot program, which launched on Wednesday, came about as a result of partnership with digital security company Gemalto.
Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a notice, saying it was looking for a facial recognition system that could work with images taken of people inside their cars. The idea was that such a system could be used to scan people entering and leaving the country through the US/Mexico border and match them to government documents like passports and visas. Now, The Verge reports that DHS will be launching a test of a system aiming to do just that. The Vehicle Face System, as it's called, is scheduled for an initial deployment in August and it will be installed at the Anzalduas border crossing. The test will take place over one year and will aim to take images of passengers in every car that enters or leaves the US through the crossing.