Miami International Airport celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
The facility, according to the airport, is the first in the country dedicated to using biometric facial recognition to verify a traveler’s identity. It comes at a time when passenger volume has increased significantly at the airport.
“We must balance our need to increase security while still expediting travel,” said the agency’s assistant executive commissioner, Todd Owen, in a statement.
The system matches a traveler to his passport in order to verify that individual’s identity. The facility is capable of screening ten passengers per minute.
Miami also offers arriving international travelers the option to use Global Entry as well as the Mobile Passport Control app.
The facility opened in November without much fanfare but with the facial recognition tools up and running.
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