Biometrics offer a safe and rapid means of identification. Increasingly, both government agencies (e.g., TSA and CBP) and the private sector (e.g., CLEAR® and various airlines) are employing biometrics at airports, and airports themselves are considering their use. Yet biometric technology and practices are complex, multi-faceted, and quickly evolving. The use of biometrics includes technical, financial, legal, and programmatic considerations, among others. As airports see greater use of biometrics, and as they consider employing the technology for themselves, research is needed to produce a primer to help airports understand the uses and considerations of biometric technology in an airport setting.
The objective of this research is to develop a primer describing the use and implications of biometric technology at airports.