Biometric Scanning Has Rolled Out in Atlanta International Airport: “One Look And You’re In”

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By Meadow Clark

Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the “first biometric terminal” in the United States.

And Detroit is next…

As of December 1, Delta Airlines rolled out biometric scanning for air travel at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Terminal F.

International passengers will be able to use facial recognition scans from “curb to gate” to get through every facet of their air travel.

While the face scans are lauded as a great way to save time, they really aren’t as you’ll see below.

I’m sure any travel-weary person can think of many ways that air travel could become more convenient and efficient. I mean, one of the strangest paradoxes of our technologically advanced world is that it’s 2018 and air travel is the most miserable experience. It becomes more miserable every year and no one even wants to hear comedians talk about it anymore because miserable air travel is such a foregone conclusion.

 

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Not to be mean, but people have already lined up before the biometric scanners like sheep, seemingly without even flinching at the new development. Or rather, more like deer in the headlights. Nothing new here…just your friendly neighborhood facial scans. ZAP!

Biometric scanners are optional…for NOW.

For now, the biometric scanners are being presented as an “option.” Delta et al. call it an option any time they reference biometric scanning perhaps to soften the edges a bit. Of course, in time this will be the only option for air travel and Delta is in a hurry to roll out the scanners at the other international airports.

But please don’t believe the tripe about how this is all for everyone’s convenience. It clearly isn’t when you see who Delta partnered with to make biometric scanners a reality.

Last week, Delta announced:

Today, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), unveiled the first biometric terminal in the United States at Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (Terminal F) in Atlanta, announced earlier this fall.

This means that customers flying direct to an international destination on Delta, Aeromexico, Air France, KLM or Virgin Atlantic Airways can use facial recognition technology from curb to gate, including to:

  • Check in at the self-service kiosks in the International lobby
  • Drop checked baggage at the counters in the International lobby
  • Serve as identification at the TSA checkpoint
  • Board a flight at any gate in Terminal F
  • And, go through CBP processing for international travelers arriving into the U.S.
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“We’re removing the need for a customer checking a bag to present their passport up to four times per departure – which means we’re giving customers the option of moving through the airport with one less thing to worry about, while empowering our employees with more time for meaningful interactions with customers,”

– Gil West, Delta’s COO

How Does Biometric Scanning Work At the Airport?

USA Today writes:

Delta says customers enter their passport information during online check-in. Or, at the airport, customers can scan their passport to check in. Next, passengers can click “look” as they check in at one of Delta’s automated kiosks. Travelers’ face scans will be matched to passport or visa photos on file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Delta says customers have the same option as they “approach the camera at the counter in the lobby, the TSA checkpoint or when boarding at the gate.”

The mainstream media is giddy for the new, invasive advancements all for a little more “convenience” that could exist with a little more efficiency like in other countries’ international flights.

The MSM certainly isn’t emphasizing any critiques if there are any.

“It is a great honor for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to become one of the nation’s first biometric terminals,” gushed Chad Newton, the interim CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority of the Detroit airport.

We look forward to partnering with Delta, CBP, and TSA to provide passengers with the option to utilize facial recognition throughout their entire travel process.”

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The “option” – while it is still an option and not mandatory – will become available to international passengers flying nonstop from Atlanta on Delta’s partner airlines Aeromexico, Air France-KLM or Virgin Atlantic.

They really want you to feel that facial recognition is good.

Facial recognition is good! It’s only a problem if a social media network makes use of it without telling the public. But now it’s good!

“Nearly all 25,000 customers who travel through ATL Terminal F each week are choosing this optional process, with less than 2 percent opting out,” Delta beamed.

“And, based on initial data, the facial recognition option is saving an average of two seconds for each customer at boarding, or nine minutes when boarding a widebody aircraft,” they added.

Wow, did you hear that? You are saving two whole seconds at boarding…

Delta will introduce this “curb to gate” biometric option in Detroit early 2019.

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What Can I Do to Avoid Biometric Scanners at the Airport?

Unfortunately, facial recognition is not something most people can control anymore. It happens online, via our passports and through Big Brother cameras posted in the public. Tighter security measures make it more difficult to wear things that obscure your face when you go through the airport or into the bank or stores etc…

But you can refuse to travel Delta and let representatives know that you won’t be voting for them if they continue evaporating your right to privacy.

In the long run, this is what we are looking at as the new “normal.”

However, if your dollar still counts, why not choose a different international airline such as Emirates Airline? Their “coach” flights are as nice as a first-class domestic flight in the United States.

And they know it!

Just look at Emirates’ new marketing campaign. This is not an endorsement but just look at it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVW-6E3hf8w

And check out this lush air cabin tour.

Look at all that wonderful space for your arms and legs, ahhhhhh. 

“Don’t just fly, fly better,” says their slogan. Meanwhile, there’s an American up in a Delta jet saying, “fly better? Is that a thing that exists? You mean I don’t have to sit on this person’s lap and get sneezed on and beg for more pretzels? I’d get free drinks and complimentary food? And hot towels?”

Yes, dear American. This thing does exist. And anyone who has flown to another country knows that the airport experiences there are worlds different than the U.S. You start taking off your belt and shoes there and you might be stopped for indecent exposure!

I hear nothing but good things from people who have flown Emirates, although this is just one option to avoid companies like Delta. And the travelers I hear from testify that the commercials are accurate, including the smiles from the proud employees. If this is true and Emirates Airline set up shop in the United States, then all of our airlines would be out of business in weeks.

Which means they can change…

That’s why U.S. airlines should be ashamed, but the miserable, smelly air travel experience seems to be part of a bigger plan to crimp the freedom to travel.

What do you think about biometric scanners in airports?

Are you concerned about biometric scanners as a passage to travel? Would you ever use it? Why or why not? Do you still even travel by air? Let us know below!

Meadow Clark

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13 Responses

  1. I’ve never stepped foot in a millimeter wave scanner and I make them hand-search me every time.

    I’ll never use facial recognition.

    When it becomes necessary, I’ll use it ONCE – to leave the country for good.

  2. Flew international (not counting Canada and Mexico) for the first time this fall. Flew on Turkish Air because the price was about 1/3 of most other airlines. Aside from long layovers, this was the BEST experience I have ever had flying large commercial air. Food was fresh tasting, filling, and delicious, the wine was good and NOT 1/2 plastic cup but an 8 oz bottle. And coffee etc. were ALL included in the flight fee. The entertainment (movies, music, TV shows) were all also included. Gotta tell you that it really was heavenly. American airlines seem to know that they have you where they want you.

  3. All will bow to the Antichrist, especially most of the Christians who accept the disgustingly vile NT doctrine of turn the other cheek, resist not evil, pacifism. Not me, I will be going to hell never repenting of resisting the sickening nature of NT pacifism.

  4. First off. I hate the Atlanta Airport. It is the most rude place I’ve ever flown thru and I’ve flown thru a bunch. As far as a facial scan goes, forget it. I won’t go thru the full body grope, scan or wave thru. I sure as hell won’t allow a facial scan. Yeah, yeah I know. I won’t fly. Now that is a good thing. If my destination is within 500 miles, I’ll drive. If it is in the Continental United States, I’ll take a train until this madness comes to rail traffic. Big Brother can stick it.

  5. “……the miserable, smelly air travel experience seems to be part of a bigger plan to crimp the freedom to travel.”

    Bingo! Hard to imagine how terrible it will be after the next 911 scale, false flag, “terrorist” attack.

    Even now, it’s better to drive, and spend an extra day or three in transit, rather than set foot inside an airport. And they’re working hard on crimping “auto-mobility” too

  6. Over Thanksgiving I flew on Delta at NYC LaGuardia airport. The biometric scanning was in full operation, with employees repeatedly walking up to us as we stood in line waiting to get searched by TSA, urging us to pay a fee of about $179 for the privilege of getting our faces and irises scanned. All this would get you, was being moved to the front of the line. That’s all. And I’m sure you’re right; it’s optional now, but soon it won’t be optional.

  7. I think I would be more concerned with the mandatory ADS-B requirements that Rockefeller keeps pushing for 2020 in order to track everything that flys. But alas, it’s all a part of the same lockdown plan for Americans and the world. Nothing moves unless it is tracked and logged. The new world order controllers will sacrifice the finest air traffic control system the world has ever known for an el cheapo, unworkable and expensive system that is designed to take a way freedom and anonymity of travel and to do so in a way that gets rid of pilots and air traffic controllers. Yes, this means that soon the public airliners will be nothing more than remotely controlled drones.

  8. You know what they say about something powerfool. The same ease at which it lets you in is the same ease at which it can bar you. Try arguing with a computer on a recording.

  9. I flew to Spring field MO from. Phoenix. Going was fun coming back was a different story. They did a full body scan and then my back with the grouping saying they were giving me a massage. Then I found out that my bag had been searched the one that I checked in. And the new stone for sharpening knives had been chipped. I didn’t enjoy the hotel’s and I found the flights horrible since I’m electromagnetic sensitive. So I’ve pretty much decided to driving and camp next time I need to do a longer trip.

  10. Yes biometrics are starting to be everywhere. As a matter of fact, all passengers leaving Canada via air mode must get scanned for biometrics before being able to be admitted into the United States.

    Thank you for posting about Emirates airlines. My family took a series of flights this past winter and 2 of our flights were with Emirates. We simply could not believe how every aspect of the flights was superior with Emirates.

    The meals were delicious, we were even given metal cutlery! The choices for entertainment were astounding. I ended up listening to a whole lot of music from artists new to me from around the world.

    My children were immediately greeted by a children’s host when we got to our seats and she then gave each of them a goodie bag full of activities and toys to help keep them distracted and asked us to call her if they needed anything special.

    We even received decent headsets to use on board at no charge. The seats were comfortable and the screens are touchscreen and lovely. We love Emirates! Even KLM didn’t come close.

  11. Perhaps millimeter wave contraptions are not everywhere, but they are watching and capturing our facial data many places.

    This is one article I saw that made me cautious around those video displays you see in stores (https://jalopnik.com/the-video-boards-at-nascar-races-are-scanning-your-face-1823610364).

    It describes a company that actively does “facial analysis” and has millions to throw at advertising, so there must be a large potential market to this. Then what happens to the raw data?

    George Orwell was only 40 years off.

  12. This sort of thing is going to be forced into every aspect of our lives, unless we start vocally resisting now. It’s no wonder that only 2% at terminal F opt out, most everyone who is inclined to resist, and can do so, has already given up air travel. It is already possible to collect our fingerprints optically from a distance. Iris scans and facial recognition will likewise become equally portable and discreet in a short time.

    These technologies are already being forced on us in other areas. At my local grocer, a Stater Bros., the employees must clock in and out using a palm print scanner. Want a job? A mortgage? Give up your biometric data. I see a day coming when you won’t be able to enter a government building or most businesses, or conduct transactions off or online, without submitting to some sort of ID scanning tech.

    It also occurs to me just how tricky it can be to interpret clairvoyant prophecy, especially from a bronze age mind. “A mark on the head, or the hand.” Fingerprints? Iris scans? If so, then just about all of us accepted the mark the moment we let the DMV have our thumb print. I don’t suppose the Almighty will give us a pass for having fallen for a con job, ya think?

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