Learn more about the little-known software his executive order sped up. Veuer’s Emily Drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story.
When President Donald Trump issued his infamous travel ban in January, it consumed headlines for days.
But little attention was paid to other provisions in the executive order—including one that sped up the implementation of a program that could soon result in the facial scanning of every person taking a flight from anywhere in the United States.
Biometric Exit had been in the works for well over a decade. The program’s intent is to make sure U.S. visa holders leaving the country aren’t lying about their identity. CBP has decided to do this through photo-matching.
The process works by matching passport and visa photos of U.S. visa holders to photos taken at the airport from which they’re departing the country. This helps the U.S. make sure the people getting on the plane are the same people who hold those visas.