Beginning January 21, 2020, PHL will implement a 45-day pilot of biometric screening technologies at three international gates to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process departing passengers. Biometric screening is designed to verify travelers’ identities by cross-checking facial scans with photos already on file with the federal government. CBP has been mandated by federal law to use biometric exit screenings for foreign nationals (excluding Canadian citizens who don’t require a visa to enter the U.S. and diplomatic and government visa holders). The test of three types of biometric systems, veriScan, NEC and SITA, will be conducted at gates A15, A16 and A17 for select outbound international flights on Qatar, British Airways, Lufthansa and American Airlines. PHL’s biometric exit technologies pilot will also include the first-ever test of digital instruction signs. The Synectecmedia ReadySeeGo digital signage totems will display multimedia, bilingual content to create passenger awareness of the biometric cameras and provide instructions for their use.
For more information on how the screening process works and answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/biometrics.