by Meadow Clark, The Organic Prepper:
Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the “first biometric terminal” in the United States.
And Detroit is next…
As of December 1, Delta Airlines rolled out biometric scanning for air travel at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Terminal F.
International passengers will be able to use facial recognition scans from “curb to gate” to get through every facet of their air travel.
While the face scans are lauded as a great way to save time, they really aren’t as you’ll see below.
I’m sure any travel-weary person can think of many ways that air travel could become more convenient and efficient. I mean, one of the strangest paradoxes of our technologically advanced world is that it’s 2018 and air travel is the most miserable experience. It becomes more miserable every year and no one even wants to hear comedians talk about it anymore because miserable air travel is such a foregone conclusion.
Not to be mean, but people have already lined up before the biometric scanners like sheep, seemingly without even flinching at the new development. Or rather, more like deer in the headlights. Nothing new here…just your friendly neighborhood facial scans. ZAP!
Biometric scanners are optional…for NOW.
For now, the biometric scanners are being presented as an “option.” Delta et al. call it an option any time they reference biometric scanning perhaps to soften the edges a bit. Of course, in time this will be the onlyoption for air travel and Delta is in a hurry to roll out the scanners at the other international airports.
But please don’t believe the tripe about how this is all for everyone’s convenience. It clearly isn’t when you see who Delta partnered with to make biometric scanners a reality.
Last week, Delta announced:
Today, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), unveiled the first biometric terminal in the United States at Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (Terminal F) in Atlanta, announced earlier this fall.
This means that customers flying direct to an international destination on Delta, Aeromexico, Air France, KLM or Virgin Atlantic Airways can use facial recognition technology from curb to gate, including to:
- Check in at the self-service kiosks in the International lobby
- Drop checked baggage at the counters in the International lobby
- Serve as identification at the TSA checkpoint
- Board a flight at any gate in Terminal F
- And, go through CBP processing for international travelers arriving into the U.S.
“We’re removing the need for a customer checking a bag to present their passport up to four times per departure – which means we’re giving customers the option of moving through the airport with one less thing to worry about, while empowering our employees with more time for meaningful interactions with customers,”
– Gil West, Delta’s COO
How Does Biometric Scanning Work At the Airport?
USA Today writes:
Delta says customers enter their passport information during online check-in. Or, at the airport, customers can scan their passport to check in. Next, passengers can click “look” as they check in at one of Delta’s automated kiosks. Travelers’ face scans will be matched to passport or visa photos on file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Delta says customers have the same option as they “approach the camera at the counter in the lobby, the TSA checkpoint or when boarding at the gate.”
The mainstream media is giddy for the new, invasive advancements all for a little more “convenience” that could exist with a little more efficiency like in other countries’ international flights.
The MSM certainly isn’t emphasizing any critiques if there are any.
“It is a great honor for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to become one of the nation’s first biometric terminals,” gushed Chad Newton, the interim CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority of the Detroit airport.
We look forward to partnering with Delta, CBP, and TSA to provide passengers with the option to utilize facial recognition throughout their entire travel process.”