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TSA expands facial recognition tech amid safety concerns: But can you get thru security faster?

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its use of advanced facial recognition technology at airport checkpoints, despite privacy concerns from groups like the ACLU. The TSA is introducing the Credential Authentication Technology (CAT-2) at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, which snaps a photo of passengers to verify their identity and flight information.


TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein emphasized the technology’s role in enhancing security by identifying fraudulent documents. However, Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU, criticized the expansion, warning that it could normalize widespread use of facial recognition and threaten privacy.

Passengers can opt out of the photo verification process, but Stanley expressed skepticism about the long-term voluntariness of this option. With airports preparing for record-breaking numbers of travelers, the TSA plans to implement CAT-2 technology at all security checkpoint lanes across New York state.



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