U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented biometric facial comparison technology at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) as part of its efforts to secure and streamline international travel.
“CBP is expanding the use of facial biometrics at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to provide travelers with a secure, contactless international arrival process that further secures and modernizes air travel,” said Barry Chastain, Director of CBP for Charlotte. “Our valued partnership with CLT continues to improve the travel experience. Additionally, CBP looks forward to partnering with stakeholders from other international entry points across North Carolina to implement streamlined arrival. “
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The Streamlined Arrival System is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate manual document checks that are already required for admission to the United States. This process, says CBP, offers travelers a secure, contactless travel experience while fulfilling a long-standing Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. Citizens.
“We are delighted to partner with US Customs and Border Protection to provide seamless arrival at CLT,” added Haley Gentry, Acting Director of Aviation. “As one of the busiest airports in the world, this innovative technology will provide our millions of passengers with an enhanced customer experience every year upon their return to the United States.”
The biometric facial comparison process only takes place at a time and place where travelers are already required by law to verify their identity by presenting a travel document. When a traveler arrives at CLT, they stop for a photo at the primary inspection point. A CBP officer will review and interrogate the travel document, which will retrieve the traveller’s passport or visa photo from government holdings and compare it with the new photo. The system is believed to be over 98% accurate. Additionally, foreign travelers who have previously traveled to the United States may no longer need to provide their fingerprints, as their identity will be confirmed through the biometric process.