Trade association says airlines should not have to pay for biometric exit program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that airlines should not be responsible for paying for the new biometric exit program.

Under the federal government’s new proposal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would record the facial biometrics of passengers when they leave the United States by air.

IATA and Airlines for America recently met with CBP to discuss the proposed measures.

Member airlines who participated in a pilot of the program reported that the technology will not significantly disrupt operations.

However, IATA said it is strongly against any recommendations that airlines should pay for the national security program.

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deployed facial recognition technology at one TSA checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days.

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