Dulles Airport recently rolled out a new facial recognition system designed to reduce boarding times.
The new veriScan system scans the faces of travelers approaching the gate. The system then compares the photo to a gallery that includes images of that person—either their passport photo for U.S. citizens or the photo taken of foreign nationals when they entered the country.
The process eliminates the need for an airline employee to manually check every boarding pass and passport while boarding a plane.
The scan takes fractions of a second and has shown to be 99 percent accurate during testing.
CBP had been keeping the photos for up to 14 days during testing, and will continue to keep them for up to 12 hours for the short term.