DHS May Require US Citizens Be Photographed at Airports

By The Associated Press

DALLAS—Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers—including American citizens—be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a recent filing that it expects to publish a proposed rule next July.

Critics are already raising objections.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to block the plan and prohibit American citizens from being forced to provide facial-recognition information. He says a recent data breach at Customs and Border Protection shows that Homeland Security can’t be trusted with the information.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass) speaks at the news conference held by Congressional Democrats demanding congressional authorization
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) speaks outside the capital in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Facial recognition is being tested by several airlines at a handful of U.S. airports. American citizens are allowed to opt out of being photographed.

By David Koenig