Orlando Airport to Scan Faces of All International Passengers, Including US Citizens

(From UPI)

The Orlando International Airport announced Thursday it will become the first airport in the country to require face scans of all passengers arriving or departing on international flights, including U.S. citizens.

Customs and Border Protection says the facial recognition scans compares the traveler’s face to others on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list databases.

CBP says the process takes about two seconds, has a 99 percent match rate and will save passengers time.

But critics say the facial recognition program has serious flaws and is an affront to privacy.

A recent report by CAPA Centre for Aviation said the software’s match rate was lower than CBP says — about a 96 percent match rate. And when scanning faces of ethnic minorities, the rate was even lower, which could result in incorrect identification.

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