San Jose Airport To Use Face Recognition

August 7, 2018

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San Jose Airport in California will be the first West Coast airport to use facial recognition technology to process all arriving international passengers.

The airport said it began the process of moving to facial biometric screening in late June and would extend the checks to all departing international passengers later this year.

“The use of biometrics technology will help cut down wait times and enhance the overall experience for our international travellers, especially as we continue to see unprecedented growth at SJC,” San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo said.

The airport said the new technology will simplify the arrival process, enabling increased security, faster throughput, and higher efficiency.

International passenger arrivals to San Jose have more than doubled in the last two years, from just under 200,000 in 2015 to 438,800 in 2017.

Orlando International was the first US airport to commit to screening all arriving and departing international passengers with facial recognition technology.