As it strives to secure and modernize international travel, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has completed the introduction of biometric facial-matching technology at all international airports nationwide. Streamlined Arrival is an enhanced arrival process designed to fulfill a Congressional mandate to biometrically register the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens.
Thanks to the system, foreign travelers who have previously traveled to the United States may no longer need to provide their fingerprints. Instead, their identity will be confirmed by the contactless facial biometric process, which, although in development before Covid, has been accelerated to meet the demand for contactless identification during the pandemic.
When a traveler arrives at a US international airport, they stop for a photo at the main inspection point. A CBP officer will review the travel document and retrieve the traveler’s passport or visa photo from government funds and compare it to the new photo. U.S. travelers and foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new biometrics process can simply notify a CBP officer when approaching the inspection point.
“I am very proud that CBP has taken this critical step to deploy facial entry biometrics at all U.S. airports and continues to play an important role in travel resumption efforts,” said Diane Sabatino, Deputy Deputy Executive Commissioner of CBP in the Office of Field Operations. . “Using facial biometrics for identity verification brings travelers closer to a truly contactless, secure process and streamlines travel while protecting their privacy and enhancing the customer experience.”