Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority unveiled new biometric screening system
11 September 2018
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has unveiled a new biometric screening system that uses facial-recognition technology to streamline passenger verification and boarding on outbound international flights. The new system, called VeriScan, was designed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s office of technology in response to a congressional mandate for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement biometric exit processes for commercial airline flights leaving the US. The new system has been successfully tested by airlines serving Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), VA, since July 2018, including United Airlines, Air France-KLM, and Scandinavian Airlines, and is under review by American Airlines. The VeriScan system meets the requirements set by CBP for biometric exit procedures at airports and will be available at all international gates at both Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for airline use by November 2018. Using proprietary software loaded on a portable tablet, VeriScan encrypts and sends high-resolution photos of passengers boarding international flights to the CBP traveller verification service for near-instant identity verification. When integrated with airline boarding systems, VeriScan will further streamline the boarding process by eliminating the need for boarding passes. The entire VeriScan screening process takes less than 2 sec. Unlike other facial recognition systems requiring the installation of large equipment and dedicated communications and electrical lines at each gate, the VeriScan system uses battery-powered, Wi-Fi or cellular connected tablets that are portable and interchangeable among gates.