DHS considering merging its trusted traveler programs

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske said this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering merging its two trusted traveler programs, according to Travelmarket Report. Pekoske said that merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry programs would streamline management and possibly enhance security. PreCheck is administered by the TSA while Global Entry is managed by CBP. Pekoske said there about 12 million people enrolled in both programs and that

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean complete biometric verification trial with CPB

IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho, and Royal Caribbean Cruises have completed a public-private partnership trial with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to verify passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to secure and expedite passenger processing at U.S. sea-ports of entry. The “Sea Re-entry” trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of

CBP rolls out biometric exit technology at Miami International Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deployed facial recognition-based biometric exit technology at Miami International Airport (MIA) for a select outbound flight. The deployment builds upon a June 2016 facial recognition pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Using the flight manifest, CBP builds a flight specific photo gallery using photographs from the travel document the traveler provided to the airline. CBP then compares the live photo against the document photo in the gallery to ensure the traveler is the true

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

JetBlue, CBP continue to work with SITA in biometric exit program

SITA announced the success of its biometric border technology used in a pilot program on JetBlue flights departing from Boston Logan International Airport and that it continues to work with the airline and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in this program. The pilot program, which launched in June on all flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport, has become increasingly popular with JetBlue customers. Passengers who opt in during the boarding process can simply walk up

CBP plans 2018 biometric exit roll out

U.S. Customs and Border Protection are working to have the technical capability to support biometric exit at the top 20 U.S. airports by early next year, according to a report by GCN. “It will depend on what airports modernize and their willingness to work with us — with individual airlines having a role in it too,” Michael Hardin, deputy director of CBP’s Entry/Exit Transformation Office said last week at the AFCEA Federal Identity Forum. “We see ‘fully functioning’ as getting

CBP rolls out biometric exit technology at Houston, Las Vegas airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has rolled out facial recognition-based biometric exit technology at Houston’s William P. Hobby International and at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. The technology will be used at McCarran to screen a daily flight from the U.S. to Guadalajara, Mexico, and for selected flights coming out of Hobby International. CBP has also deployed the biometric exit technology this summer at Dulles International, Bush Intercontinental Airport and O’Hare International Airport. The agency has stated that all

CBP discusses biometric exit program with various privacy groups

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security officials met with representatives from various privacy groups this week to discuss CBP’s biometric exit program, in the first of multiple engagements planned with the privacy rights community. The meeting was intended to address concerns by privacy experts, who believe the use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports may violate specific privacy rights and that Congress has not fully authorized it. Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC), Office of

CBP asked to disclose about use of biometrics at U.S. entry and exit points

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge to order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, according to a report by Law 360. The Department of Homeland Security has been fast-tracking the system based on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The move comes just a few weeks after EPIC urged the TSA to consider other options for expanding

Biometric exit solution deployed at Chicago O’Hare Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed facial recognition biometric exit technology to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for select flights. The deployment builds upon a June 2016 pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport using facial recognition. Future deployments are planned for additional airports this summer. Last month, it was revealed that a current pilot project for flights from Dulles International Airport to Dubai is testing NEC’s commercial-off-the-shelf NeoFace Express device and cloud-based NeoFace matching at a gate operated by