Orlando International Airport will require facial scans for all passengers on international flights

by

comment
PHOTO VIA ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACEBOOK
  • Photo via Orlando International Airport Facebook
Orlando International Airport today announced its new plan to require facial scanning for passengers of arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens.

The Associated Press reports the facial scans are intended to speed up the process of checking in international fliers. The addition of scanners will supposedly limit the need to show physical passports and boarding tickets and create a quicker check-in process. But it also raises concerns regarding the privacy of travelers.



One of the main issues with this technology is the lack of rules in place. Currently, there are no guidelines for how the data is handled or how a situation should be assessed if a passenger is denied from boarding the aircraft.

Airports in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington use facial scanning for some departing international flights, but not to the degree Orlando will attempt to accomplish.



The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that U.S. citizens will be able to opt out at the Orlando airport, but a possible rule change to revert this availability may be in horizon.

Testing of the facial technology was introduced back in April but now, it is in the works of being officially implemented.

Orlando International Airport is the busiest in the state. The city saw a record 72 million tourists in 2017.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.