Mar 022021

Newly released documents show the agreement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the airline JetBlue on scanning the faces of passengers, in order to “build a biometric gallery of facial images, obtained through various DHS databases” of travelers flying from certain airports. The documents provide more insight into the dynamics between DHS and airlines, which are increasingly deploying biometric boarding at their gates. “The purpose of this MOU for the Parties is to collaborate on JetBlue’s proposed pilot program to utilize facial biometrics to verify the identity of travelers prior to their departure on JetBlue international flights from Boston Logan Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport in the United States, to international destinations serviced…

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