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

Australian airport to trial contactless biometric scanners for travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection will soon trial “contactless” biometric technology at Sydney and Canberra’s international airports in the coming weeks, according to a report by The Straits Times. The pilot, which is a part of the federal government’s “seamless traveler” initiative, will allow international visitors to walk directly to their baggage without having to display their passports. The biometric data — which are based on faces, irises and possibly fingerprints and gait — will be matched against

Australian airports may trial iPhones to verify identity of overseas travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recommended outfitting Border Force officers at the country’s eight international airports with iPhones and attachable biometric devices to verify the identity of overseas travellers of interest in near real-time, according to a report by IT News. The department has tested the portable biometric scanners at Brisbane international airport with the intention of replacing the bulky scanners which officers have complained are inconvenient to carry. The Enhanced Biometrics at the Border (EBatB) technology

CBP begins 30-day facial recognition pilot at JFK airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have deployed facial recognition technology at one TSA checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days. CBP is partnering with TSA in this pilot project to assess the use of biometric technology to verify international travelers’ identities at a TSA checkpoint using international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs. “As we continue to deploy technical demonstrations, CBP is assessing the use of biometric

NFL team announces multi-year partnership with IdentoGO by IDEMIA

IdentoGO by IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho and the exclusive provider of TSA Precheck, has been named the Official Identity Security and Biometrics Partner of the New York Jets. The multi-year partnership marks IdentoGO’s first NFL partnership and first exclusive sponsorship in professional sports. The deal will also provide Jets fans with the opportunity to register for expedited security screening for travelers (TSA Precheck) at MetLife Stadium on game days. “We are proud to be the first sports team to partner with

Dubai Airport to install virtual aquarium tunnel that scans faces and irises

The Dubai International Airport is replacing facial recognition security booths with a virtual aquarium tunnel that will scan the faces and irises of passengers using up to 80 hidden cameras, according to a report by Interesting Engineering. Passengers merely need to walk through the virtual aquarium tunnel and their faces and irises will automatically be scanned by the cameras. The airport authority has not confirmed whether there will be a separate scanner for a suitcase, however, the Al Bayan News’

Bengaluru’s KIA will be first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport in India

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first Aadhaar-enabled airport in India by 2018, according to a report by The Economic Times. Following a two-month pilot project in February, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given the greenlight to make KIA fully compliant with Aadhaaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system. KIA is expected to be completely Aadhar enabled by December 2018, which is a part of the airport’s initiative to become a Smart Airport. Passengers will be

Hong Kong International Airport rolls out face recognition-enabled departure for visitors

The Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced that Hong Kong International Airport has rolled out a face recognition-based self-service departure for visitors to Hong Kong, according to a report by Xinhua Net. The Hong Kong government first announced in January that it would introduce a facial biometrics-enabled electronic channel service at airport departure gates. Using face recognition technology for identity verification, Smart Departure is designed to provide greater travel convenience for visitors while improving the

Zurich airport trialing face recognition system at immigration checks

Zurich airport in Switzerland has implemented automated biometric passport control systems in an effort to accommodate increased capacity demands as well as decrease long queues at immigration checks, according to a report by Swissinfo.Ch. The face recognition system is the foundation of the recent CHF8 million (US$8.2 million) expansion and revamp at the airport. Meanwhile, Geneva airport is also looking to install biometrics technology of its own via the Automated Border Control (ABC) system. Zurich’s facial recognition system is available

SITA, Hamad International Airport to trial biometric passenger processing solutions

SITA and Hamad International Airport (HIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which establishes a framework for the companies to trial and improve advanced biometrics-based passenger processing solutions at HIA in Qatar, according to a report by eTurboNews. The main focus of the MoU — which was signed jointly by Hamad International Airport chief operating officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer and Hani El-Assaad, SITA’s president of Middle East, India and Africa — is to advance HIA’s initiative to