TSA To Expand Facial Recognition in Airports 

The administrator says biometrics are more effective and efficient.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to expand its facial recognition technology to more than 400 federally-run airports across the country. That technology is currently being used at 30 airports as part of a pilot program by the Department of Homeland Security. 

Some legislators on Capitol Hill have expressed opposition to the program. Last November, Senators John Kennedy of Louisiana and Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduced legislation that would bar the TSA from using facial recognition. Senator Kennedy said, “It’s astounding that the TSA is expanding its intrusive facial recognition program in the face of congressional concern.” 

Senator Jeff Merkley said, “The TSA program is a precursor to a full-blown national surveillance system. Nothing could be more damaging to our national values of privacy and freedom. No government should be trusted with this power.” 

TSA Administrator David Pekoske said, “Eventually we will get to the point where we will require biometrics across the board because it is much more effective and much more efficient.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Pekoske and TSA personnel to be prudent as they pursue the collection of biometric data.
  • For Senators Merkley and Kennedy as they attempt to prevent the agency from using facial recognition throughout the nation.
  • For the purposes of the Lord to be accomplished in the United States.

Sources: News Nation, NY Post 


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