Facial recognition technology tested at airport in Las Vegas

September 29, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An oversight board has observed the Transportation Security Administration’s test of facial recognition using biometric technology at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board is responsible for ensuring that new technology helps prevent terrorism while balancing the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.

It was founded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 30-day test in the TSA pre-check lane in Terminal 3 at McCarran began in late August and ended Wednesday.


The TSA assessed its ability to compare passengers’ photo taken at the checkpoint against an image taken from the passenger’s identity document.

According to the Review-Journal, the board hopes to have a decision on the usefulness of facial recognition technology sometime next year.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com