C ould a program detect potential terrorists by reading their facial expressions and behavior? This was the hypothesis put to the test by the US Transportation Security Administration TSA in , as it began testing a new surveillance program called the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program, or Spot for short. While developing the program, they consulted Paul Ekman, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. Decades earlier, Ekman had developed a method to identify minute facial expressions and map them on to corresponding emotions. But when the program was rolled out in , it was beset with problems. Officers were referring passengers for interrogation more or less at random, and the small number of arrests that came about were on charges unrelated to terrorism.
TSA Expands Facial Recognition to Automate Bag Drop, ID Verification, and Flight Boarding
TSA bringing facial recognition to airport security lanes | The Seattle Times
New biometric passenger scanning technology is in the works for American air travelers. Biometric security checkpoints are only a portion of the broad plan that the TSA outlined in its road map this week. Initially, biometric security screening will only come to the TSA's Precheck program, which already offers expedited screening for pre-approved passengers. Currently, the TSA checks identities at airport security checkpoints via an officer and manual photo identification.
CBP Deploys Facial Recognition Biometric Technology at 1 TSA Checkpoint at JFK Airport
Using biometrics will modernize aviation passenger identity verification over the coming years. TSA began exploring biometrics in for identity verification. TSA continues to test biometrics solutions designed to increase security effectiveness while improving efficiency and the passenger experience. Participation in the testing of biometrics technology is voluntary.
Last week, writer Mackenzie Fegan boarded an international JetBlue flight without so much as handing over a boarding pass or passport. Did I consent to this? And that might be appealing to you; after all, it should expedite the boarding process no exchange of documents probably saves you a few seconds and some effort , but there are plenty of reasons why opting out might prove a better decision in the end. How does an airline let you board without showing proof of a single physical document?