In November 2018, TSA began testing facial recognition technology at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Terminal F as an alternative means to verify a passenger’s identity when they begin screening at a TSA security checkpoint. This ongoing pilot is in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and tests biometric technology for identity verification. The technology used is the Traveler Verification System maintained by CBP. We also tested this system in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport from August to October 2018.
Participation in the facial recognition test is voluntary. Passengers who choose not to have their picture taken should notify a TSA officer.
What passengers can expect
When passengers present their boarding passes, a TSA officer will ask if they would like to have their picture taken instead of providing physical identification documents. CBP’s system will attempt to compare that picture to