Recently I traveled internationally through American Airlines. As I went to board the plane, I had my passport and boarding ticket ready to scan to board, As I approached the front of the line, I realized I didn’t need my passport or ticket anymore. There was a screen that took my photo. After my photo was taken, my passport photo popped up on the screen along with my assigned seat number and I was set to enter the aircraft. Our photos that are taken of us are compared against photos in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection database that is shared with the airlines.
There was an announcement prior to boarding that your photo taken on site will only be stored for 12 hours. I am someone who doesn’t mind sharing my data (I, e Netflix, apple, google etc.) but this felt rather creepy. Maybe because I haven’t traveled internationally since pre- pandemic times, and I am not used to this technology being use. I keep thinking to myself when did I consent with CBP to allow my photo to be shared with the airlines?
What are your thoughts of your biometrics being used for a safer and easier boarding process?
Read More/ Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/07/travel/biometrics-airports-security.html