The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has partnered with Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to advance the biometric exit mandate at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US.

The move, under which all arriving and departing international passengers will be subjected to go through facial recognition process, marks the expansion of the CBP experimental programme.

Under the programme, the CBP has already installed cameras at 13 airports to screen passengers departing from the US or returning from overseas.

“We are at a critical turning point in the implementation of a biometric entry-exit system, and we’ve found a path forward that transforms travel for all travellers.”

It is aimed at accelerating the process of checking international fliers. The use of biometric scanners is also expected to reduce the number of printed passports and boarding tickets used.

CBP commissioner Kevin McAleenan said: “We are at a critical turning point in the implementation of a biometric entry-exit system, and we’ve found a path forward that transforms travel for all travellers.

“The valuable collaboration with stakeholder partners like GOAA has resulted in real momentum and it has brought us to where we are today, the first fully biometric entry-exit deployment at an airport.”

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CBP has created a facial biometric matching service that helps airport and airline stakeholder with the integration of biometric exit and other passenger services.

A facial biometric capture device, a camera, can be installed at an airline or airport departure gate to capture a picture of travellers and match them with those that are already on file in DHS holdings. This eliminates the need for new data.

The facial recognition verification process takes less than two seconds to complete, with a 99% match rate. The agency has also put in place a number of measures to safeguard the privacy of all travellers.

Besides Orlando, CBP has deployed facial recognition system in Miami, Atlanta, New York JFK, San Diego, Houston (Intercontinental and Hobby), Washington Dulles, Las Vegas, Chicago O’Hare, and Preclearance locations in Aruba, Abu Dhabi, and Ireland (Shannon and Dublin).