How it’s working?
The penger goes to the security checkpoint at the airport, slides his ID card into the slot and looks at the camera on the small screen. The message “Photo ready” appears on the screen and the person moves on – without having to present an ID to the TSA officer sitting behind the screen.
This is all part of a Transportation Security Administration pilot project to evaluate the use of facial recognition technology at multiple airports across the country.
The technology is currently being tested at 16 airports in: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Gulfport-Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi, Washington . However, it is not available at every TSA checkpoint, so not every traveler ping through these airports would need to experience it.
The TSA says the pilotage is voluntary and thorough, but critics have raised concerns about issues of bias in facial recognition technology and possible consequences for pengers who want to opt out.