17 Jul 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has started testing a new, enhanced mobile device to collect biometric data from a small set of foreign national air travelers leaving the U.S. at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Officers of CBP will compare biometric data collected via this handheld device to the biometric data collected when the foreign traveler entered the U.S.
“CBP is relentless in its pursuit of new and innovative technology that will assist officers in their efforts to provide national security and efficiently facilitate trade and travel through our nation’s ports of entry,” said Office of Field Operations Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen. “Thorough testing will ensure that we deploy the right technology in a way that enhances security, protects privacy and improves the process.”