Global Entry kiosks will eventually ditch the fingerprint and passport scan in favor of facial recognition to process travelers returning to the U.S., a Customs and Border Protection agency representative has confirmed to The Points Guy.
The timeline for the change is unclear, nor was it clear whether facial recognition would be implemented for Global Entry nationwide. The agency has apparently already phased in the new procedures at select airports across the nation, including Miami (MIA), Houston-Intercontinental (IAH), and New York City (JFK). Other airports like Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) have eliminated the need to take fingerprints but still require passport scans.
Global Entry is a must-have for even occasional international travelers. It’s a fast pass through immigration that also comes with TSA PreCheck. And while it costs $100 for a five-year membership – and trouble securing in-person interviews means gives many prospective applicants heartburn – there are several credit cards that will cover the cost of the fee.
The introduction of facial recognition could make the process for clearing customs and immigration even faster. But more importantly, it’s more convenient for babies and small children, whose fingerprints haven’t fully developed. Rather than seeing an agent before proceeding through immigration, children should be able to match their photo with the passport photos on file via facial recognition and continue through as any adult.
Between airlines adopting it for boarding and now Global Entry, it’s clear that facial recognition is the future of the travel world. Watch for a new process the next time you speed through immigration when returning to the U.S.
All photos courtesy of Customs and Border Protection
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