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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 their pilot project, and we fully expect they will be successful in a full implementation of this technology,” said Aruba Airport Authority CEO James Fazio.

Queen Beatrix International was also heavily involved in the biometric trials for the Happy Flow project, which launched in 2015.

In a recently published criticism of the U.S. biometric exit program, the Cato Institute was careful to draw a distinction between it and the biometric entry program, which it said has security value.

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