The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched facial recognition technology at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) to accelerate arrivals and departures.

The biometric entry-exit system will automate the security process for international travellers by matching the traveller to the travel document using face comparison technology.

The technology is designed to prevent the illegitimate use of stolen or lost passports, helping officers to concentrate on the traveller interview instead of administrative work.

The face-matching technology aids the use of the equipment during the international passenger journey, which includes entry, exit and other services.

The law enforcement agency expects the technology to integrate smoothly into the airport, ensuring ease of use for travellers.

In a press release, CBP said: “CBP is committed to its privacy obligations and has taken steps to safeguard the privacy of all travellers.

“CBP published several Privacy Impact Assessments, employs strong technical security safeguards and limited the amount of personally identifiable information used in the new biometric process.”

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CBP also stated that US citizens who prefer not to go through the process can request for an alternative security processing method.

US citizens’ photos will be deleted after 12 hours.

Listing the benefits of the platform, the agency said it will standardise arrival procedures and lead to faster clearance processes and a paperless travel environment.

It noted that there is no need for returning foreign visitors to submit fingerprints.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines deployed facial recognition technology to accelerate passenger clearance processes at Terminal 2 of Los Angeles International Airport in California.

In April, New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport Terminal One Group partnered with technology firm Vision-Box to launch facial recognition boarding platforms at the airport.