Orlando International Airport will use facial recognition technology to vet all arriving and departing international passengers, the first airport in the United States to do so, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service said this week.
The agency says that facial recognition verification against its databases of people’s passport photos in a Department of Homeland Security database has a 99 percent matching rate, and speeds up the boarding and customs process for international travelers.
Officials held a news conference Thursday at the airport to show off the screening system, for which the Greater Orlando Airport Authority paid $4 million.
As of yet, there are no formal rules for how CBP can and can’t use the technology, or the images it collects. CBS News reported that U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Mike Lee have urged the Department of Homeland Security to adopt formal rules before the program is expanded to other airports.