Delta was the first airline to launch a biometric terminal in the U.S. Delta uses facial recognition software to screen travelers as they board. (Delta Photo)
Technologists, travel executives, civil rights activists, and ethics experts met Tuesday in Seattle to debate expanding facial recognition technology at SeaTac airport as part of the federal government’s broader push to screen travelers using biometric data.
The Port of Seattle hosted the panel discussion to learn about the advantages and concerns that have been raised over the controversial technology. The Port plans to implement new guidelines to govern the use of facial recognition software at SeaTac, though some biometric screening already occurs at the airport.
The Port convened experts in response to an aggressive push by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement biometric screening at ports of entry across the country. CBP’s goal is to deploy facial recognition tech on all international commercial flights within the next four years.
The plan alarms civil rights groups, like the ACLU, who claim facial recognition technology misidentifies minorities and women and higher rates. Digital rights advocates are also raising questions about privacy and cybersecurity.
“What’s happening at Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration continues to raise significant …read more