TSA to Use Facial Recognition Tech in U.S. Airports ‘as Soon as Next Year’

The move raises concerns among privacy advocates, as the Transportation Security Administration has been testing technology for years.

From Just the News:

The testing for the technology – known as the Credit Authentication Technology with Camera or CAT-2 – began in the Department of Homeland Security in 2017 and included scanning fliers' faces at TSA checkpoint and comparing the images to the travelers' documents – such as their driver's licenses or passports, according to Fox Business New

The biometric system has since expanded to 16 U.S. airports.

Jason Lim, who runs the TSA's facial recognition program, recently told The Washington Post the agency "hopes to expand it across the United States as soon as next year." 

In a New York Post column Thursday, James Bovard worte, "The TSA scanning system could be a big step toward a Chinese-style ‘social credit’ system that could restrict travel by people the government doesn’t like.

"Actually, TSA has already been caught doing that. In 2018, The New York Times exposed a secret watchlist for anyone TSA labels ‘publicly notorious.’ TSA critics to the end of the line – forever?"