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Customs and Border Protection Biometric Exit program
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a pilot program in a limited number of airports that employs biometrics to streamline travel. It developed a system that uses facial recognition to preclude the need to present a passport while traveling. Participating commercial partners—such as airports, airlines, or cruise lines—let passengers opt in to the service, which captures images of travelers’ faces at boarding. If the CBP system finds a match to the photos on file, travelers can board their flight or ship—and in some instances go through customs—without presenting their passport.
Six sea entry ports and 34 airports use this program, and three airline partners and one cruise line implemented the system for document-free boarding. The service uses passenger manifest data, which includes travelers’ demographic information and existing photographs (such as from passports), to confirm individuals’ identity by comparing the images against those captured during boarding. The commercial partner will receive a message from the system that a match was found, and the traveler is not required to show a passport or a ticket to board a flight or go through customs.
When individuals book their travel, they …
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