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Orlando airport to begin using facial recognition scanners

FBN’s Kristina sinevelos on Florida’s busiest airport, the Orlando version of facial recognition technology.

Florida ‘ s most active airport will reportedly begin with face-scanning of all passengers on international flights coming in and out of the U.S., including American citizens. Officials are expected to make the announcement Thursday.

Orlando International Airport is the first U.S. airport with the enforcement of the face detection technology on this scale, in an initiative amidst ongoing privacy concerns.

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Hubs in New York, Boston and Chicago currently scan folders on some outgoing international flights. The plan for the Orlando International Airport, however, would broaden the face scan to all international travelers.

“We’re not talking about a port,” said Harrison Rudolph, an associate at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University Law Center. “We talk about every international departure gate, which is a huge expansion of the number of people that are scanned. Errors tend to go up as used.”

Travelers can choose from the facial recognition procedure, a spokeswoman for the Customs and Border Protection has said, but one critic argues that this specific information is not immediately apparent.

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The face scan is taken and referenced with the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric database to confirm passengers’ identities, according to the Associated Press.

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Jennifer Gabris, a spokeswoman for the U. S. Customs and Border Protection, said the Americans can choose to see the scans as they don’t want to give a picture, although Rudolph is of the opinion that the DHS “does not seem to be to have an appropriate job to let Americans know that they can choose.”

Despite Gabris’ statements with respect to opt-out, further information about the changes in the rules state that “AMERICAN citizens may be required to provide photos entering or departing the United States.”

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Rudolph questioned the accuracy of the scans, citing research saying that the scanners are designed not to be exposed to a good representation of minorities and women, and therefore could be inaccurate for those groups.

The Orlando International Airport reportedly had approximately 6 million international travelers in the past year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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