DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID at Airports for Foreign Travel

By Nicholas West

What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.

This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

However, these stories were nothing compared to what followed on June 20th when U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.

JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SITA, an information-technology provider for airlines.

“This is the first integration of biometric authorization by the CBP with an airline and may prove to be a solution that will be quick and easy to roll out across U.S. airports,” Jim Peters, SITA’s chief technology officer, said in the statement. (emphasis added)

It’s a plan that has been in the making for 15 years, but is just now coming to fruition.

In the article “CBP will implement long-mandated biometric exit at airports, official says” we discover the hurdles that needed to be overcome and why we most likely are witnessing intensified media coverage at this moment:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finally addressing the 15-year-old-plus legislative mandate to check the identity of departing foreign visitors using biometrics, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said Thursday.

Wagner said the goal would be accomplished by making use of existing data collection, the latest facial recognition technology and cloud computing. He acknowledged there would be privacy issues – particularly because the facial recognition technology would capture images of U.S. citizens as part of the overall process.

“We’re out of time, we’re out of excuses,” Wagner said.

With that as the backdrop, if one weren’t already alarmed by this trend, DHS is now laying out a clear plan for mandatory face scans for all travelers to foreign destinations, stating that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.

The full 18-page DHS document is posted below and is also available at the bottom of this page at TechDirt.

TVS PIA (Text)

Naturally, DHS is giving assurances that scans of U.S. citizens won’t be retained, but reading through the following doublespeak should render that notion laughable:

John Wagner, the Customs deputy executive assistant commissioner in charge of the program, confirmed in an interview that U.S. citizens departing on international flights will submit to face scans.

Wagner says the agency has no plans to retain the biometric data of U.S. citizens and will delete all scans of them within 14 days.


However, [Wagner] doesn’t rule out CBP keeping them in the future after going “through the appropriate privacy reviews and approvals.”

(Source: TechDirt)

This should only be viewed as the next stage of incrementalism before biometric ID will be required for domestic travel as well. And, as we have seen with the TSA, airports may not be the final destination.

People are being transformed into digital organisms made easier for scanning and processing. The political will is there, the databases exist, and the technology is clearly being rolled out across every meaningful area of human activity.

Nicholas West writes for ActivistPost.com. He also writes for Counter Markets agorist newsletter.

This article may be freely republished in part or in full with author attribution and source link.

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Hat Tip: MassPrivateI

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6 Comments on "DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID at Airports for Foreign Travel"

  1. This is heinous. No one should be forced into a fingerprint database unless they have been convicted of a crime. Facial recognition is not only subject to hacking; but can be notoriously inaccurate causing unnecessary detentions. Eye scans can damage retinas as well. Traveling unmolested is not a privilege but our Constitutional right. Count on this being deployed at trains, subways, bus stations & border crossings as part of creeping nanny state. Add to this the corporate /govt move to digitalize all money and the fools who will willingly go along because of convenience; soon we will be complete slaves.

  2. This all stems from the phony war on terror instigated by 9/11 the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on humanity. The only hope we had was in getting the truth out about 9/11 but I doubt that will help one iota if you’re being “asked” for your mandatory fingerprints and/or iris scan the next time you’re passing through an airport. Politely voicing your opposition will lead to you being tagged as “difficult” on the computer’s database. More vocal opposition will lead to you missing your flight – at best! It’s too late to stop whats going on so we might as well buckle up and hope we survive the ride. A country that drops phosgene on civilians in Syria and Iraq and treats its visitors as potential terrorists doesn’t deserve to have a tourist industry.

  3. Exactly as planned. David Icke has been writing about this for 20 years. See his lecture “The Robot’s Rebellion” that he did at the Neptune Theater in Liverpool were he talked about this. I(t is on YouTube. The lecture was from the mid-90s. The plan is to use our biometrics to know where we are 24/7. It is to be used to control our access to the internet, to be able to drive, hold a job or to be able to buy and sell.

  4. And all this time I thought “1984” was a novel, not an instruction manual.
    Welcome to the Panopticon.

  5. Globalist farmers tracking their stock….

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