Miami International Airport Using Federal Facial Biometric Database


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Recently traveling out of the country from Miami International the airport looked a lot different! With many people opting out of flying the airport looked like a lot less crowded this time around. Even the TSA looked different with bag screeners separated from passengers with plexiglass and the constant cleaning of those plastic bins.

Instead of photos and fingerprints, immigration authorities will collect precise facial measurements as proof of identity.

Foreign national travelers are required to provide photographs to CBP when entering or exiting the United States while the process is voluntary for U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens who do not wish to participate in the facial biometric process can notify a CBP officer or airline representative to request a manual document check and be processed consistent with existing requirements for entry to and exit from the United States.

According to Local 10: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security is expanding its facial biometric database to help automate the entry-exit screenings of non-U.S. citizens at air, land, and seaports of entry.”