Facial recognition technology hasn't been welcomed everywhere in Detroit, but in voluntary application at Detroit Metro airport it could expedite international arrivals and departures.
The Simplified Arrival process aims to modernize international arrivals at the Romulus site while also speeding up arrivals and departures, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
According to the Customs and Border Protection website, each international traveler’s photo is taken before entry or exit. A biometric matching service compares the new photo with images including photographs taken during the entry inspection, photographs from U.S. passports, U.S. visas and other travel documents, as well as photos from previous Department of Homeland Security encounters.
Photographs of U.S. citizens collected through the process are deleted within 12 hours, customs officials said. U.S. citizens who don't want to have their picture taken can request other means of verifying their identities and documents.
As we welcome our robot overlords and turn our mugs over to Big Brother, at least know that we'll get a little something out of it -- saved time.