Orlando International Airport To Utilize Biometrics for International Travel

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The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is lined up to the best first U.S. airport to fully utilize biometrics for international travel.

The vision of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) is to continue to innovate operations which enhance the guest experience and customer service. As part of fulfilling that mission, the board approved $4 million in funding to integrate the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Entry and Exit Program. This system will utilize biometrics for international travel screenings.

The Orlando International Airport will utilize facial recognition technology to quicken the exit and entry process, thus smoothing the way for the six million+ international travelers passing through MCO each year.

The system has been in the testings phase over the past several months and “Together, CBP and GOAA are going to change the face of travel making it more secure and efficient.”

MCO will begin with implementing the system at CBP checkpoints for arriving international passengers and also at the international departure gates.

This is how the Orlando International Airport will utilize the new system:

Entering the Country

How the Entry process works:

  • CBP retrieves traveler photos from government databases
  • A gallery of expected travelers is created
  • CBP captures a photo of the traveler at the inspection booth
  • The photo is matched to a photograph in the pre-assembled gallery
  • Once verified, CBP conducts inspections determining the purpose and intent of travel
  • Upon completion, travelers are directed to baggage claim or sent for further inspection

Orlando Airport Customs Biometric Screening

Exiting the Country

  • CBP generates images (passport and visa photos) of travelers for a given flight and stores them in the Virtual Private Cloud
  • Travelers approach the gate and stand for a photo
  • The service verifies the travelers’ identify by comparing the photos
  • Once verified, the passenger may board the aircraft

Orlando Airport Biometrics screening

All that’s left is for the Orlando City Council to approve the funding of this unbudgeted program. Then we may start to see the big changes at the Orlando International Aiport.

What do you think about the Orlando International Aiport using this new biometrics system?


Photo and Source: Orlando Airports


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