US Customs and Border Protection has just found another way to keep tabs on travelers. Just as we check into customs upon arrival at an international destination, now we’re about to be screened before we even leave the United States.
According to new reports, the CBP is implementing a new type of facial-recognition technology at airports across the country that will snap a picture of all travelers at their gate before leaving on a domestic commercial flight. This photo would then ideally match passport photos and potential visas, but if there’s no match, CBP will be alerted.
This is mostly put in place for foreigners, so the government can know if someone is overstaying their visa, but the rules apply to everyone, and within four years, it’s expected that 97 percent of travelers’ faces will be scanned using this new technology. We can’t decide if this is creepy or pretty cool—it’s been critiqued in part for being an invasion of privacy—but it just further proves that technology these days is pretty darn incredible.
No matter how you feel about the issue, stop by Garmany to stock up on travel clothes, both for the flight itself and your actual trip. If you’re going to be getting your picture taken, you might as well look your best!