Creeping incrementalism, indeed! Biometric ID will be standard everywhere in the United States within 5 years, with the Feds providing data access to a range of private companies. There will be cameras everywhere, including body cams worn by police, that will identify you in real time, wherever you go. Technocrats everywhere are salivating at the prospect… ? TN Editor
What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.
Over the past couple of months I've been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.
On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for "priority customers" that will first scan a traveler's passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a "pilot program" that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.
This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will "test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports."