TSA to Start using Facial Recognition for Domestic Flights
TSA has recently announced its plans to start using facial recognition technology for domestic flights. Since 2015, Customs and Border Protection has been using facial recognition technology when non-US citizens enter the United States through international flights. This program was then expanded to US citizens that take international flights out of the US. TSA has decided to adopt this technology, which it claims will help various travel problems, to all domestic flights in the US.
The TSA will utilize a system called Biometric Pathway to have travelers face scanned. In order to better implement the new system, the TSA has agreed to partner with the Customs and Border Protection, as they have more experience with adopting the new technology.
The technology will make its debut later this month, when Delta Air Lines will create the first biometric terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The TSA believes that this will solve problems by speeding up automatic flight check-in, bag drop, ID verification and boarding flights. In recent years, the number of travelers using airplanes has increased, and this technology will let travelers rely less on physical documents such as passports. However, critics have claimed that this technology may cause privacy concerns and racial bias. Do you think this technology is smart to include in airports or that the negatives outweigh the potential positives? Are there any other issues that may occur from including this technology in airports?