SITA acknowledged for work with JetBlue and CBP

SITA won the Aviation Technology Achievement at Air Transport World’s 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards for its work with JetBlue and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deliver a biometrics-based secure, paperless and deviceless self-boarding process. The pilot program launched in June on select flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport. The boarding system uses just a facial scan to board passengers while also completing the U.S. customs and border exit checks. SITA and its partners demonstrated that biometric technology

CBP to test facial recognition on passengers in moving vehicles

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency will run a pilot program as early as this summer to use facial verification to identify automobile drivers and passengers in moving vehicles as they pass through a border crossing between the U.S. and Mexico, GovTech reports. The pilot will scan the faces of vehicle occupants at the Anzalduas Port of Entry near McAllen, Texas, and if successful, the technology will eventually be rolled out across both the Northern and Southern borders.

CBP meets with privacy advocates again to discuss biometric entry and exit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have met with privacy advocates for a second time to discuss the controversial Biometric Entry/Exit Program and related public-private partnerships, Homeland Preparedness News reports. Facial recognition technology is being piloted at eight international airports in the U.S., and CBP has set up partnerships with airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson International, John F. Kennedy International, and Boston Logan International to integrate facial recognition into the boarding process. CBP officials including Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of

Aruba airport chosen to trial U.S. biometric entry program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has chosen Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport as the first airport outside the U.S. to pilot its biometric entry program, Future Travel Experience reports. The facial recognition system will be used to verify the identities of travellers re-entering the U.S. on a daily Delta Airlines flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport. “Our past experiences with biometrics have been very successful and we are looking forward to working in collaboration with U.S. CBP on

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