January 23, 2005

Biometric US-Visit Kiosks

USA Today -- Newark airport tests photographing, fingerprinting travelers

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) International travelers already are required to be fingerprinted and photographed when they arrive at U.S. airports. Soon, they will be asked to do the same when they leave the country.

Homeland Security employee Joan Walker, left, works with Bernardo Arroyo of Mexico as he has his fingerprint scanned.
By Monika Graf, Getty Images

Homeland Security officials Wednesday announced a pilot program at Newark Liberty International Airport that will eventually require travelers leaving the country to be fingerprinted and photographed using kiosks set up in the airport concourse.

The exit program is part of US-VISIT, or U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, and is already being tested at airports in Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Miami. It is scheduled to be implemented at airports in Detroit, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, later this month.

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Posted by Craig at January 23, 2005 01:43 AM