Charlotte Douglas airport to use face recognition
12 July 2019 15:41 GMT

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is working to bring facial recognition to passengers flying internationally.

Officials told local media of the plan.

“It just actually speeds up the process, saves time and gives our officers more time to actually find what your true intent for coming into the United States is,” said Barry Chastain, who oversees North Carolina's U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to WSOCTV.

The airport plans to get the technology in place at the airport before the Republican National Convention in August 2020. 

Chastain said his department, along with the Transportation Security Administration, airport and city of Charlotte are all on board and more than excited.

However, there’s some apprehension from the American Civil Liberties Union about whether law enforcement angencies will collect a database of American faces.

In a statement, the ACLU of North Carolina said, “If we build a system that turns our faces into passports that anyone can scan and store at any time, that’s exactly what’s likely to happen.”

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