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Washington Airport: new biometric system technology unveiled

The entire screening process takes less than two seconds

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, in partnership with US Customs and Border Protection, unveiled a new biometric screening system Thursday that uses facial-recognition technology to streamline passenger verification and boarding on outbound international flights.

The new system, known as 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 United States.

The new system has been successfully tested by airlines serving Washington Dulles International Airport 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 forth 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.

The entire screening process takes less than two seconds, helping airlines expedite the boarding process.

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