Detroit Metro Airport Now Using Facial Recognition To Identify Travelers

WWJ News
September 26, 2019 - 8:06 am

ROMULUS (WWJ) - There's a new way to go through customs at Detroit Metro Airport.

Simplified Arrival was launched Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protections agents to match up the faces of flyers with their identification. The face comparison technology can be used by anyone traveling internationally who opts-in to using the process.

How it works: Just before entry or exit, each international traveler steps up to a camera that takes a photo and compares the image to a pre-assembled gallery of ID photos from passports, visas, other travel documents and previous encounters, to find a match. Once a photo is verified, the traveler can immediately board their flight. The entire process takes place in a matter of seconds.

Officials say facial comparison technology facilitates the flow of legitimate travel and strengthens National Security by reducing the risk that an imposter uses a lost or stolen travel document to enter or exit the United States. The technology enables customs agents to focus on the traveler interview rather than administrative tasks.

Travelers who do not wish to have their photograph taken may request alternative means of processing. CBP says photographs collected through the process are hosted in a secure cloud-based environment and will be deleted within 12 hours.