Jetblue is rolling out a procedure where they identify customers not by their boarding pass or passport, but by facial recognition provided by the Department of Homeland Security

Makes me feel sick to my stomach. I should stop flying places.

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@cwebber The photo is from a reportage of the first prototypes of these machines, 17 years ago. But if you own e.g. credit cards or a smartphone it doesn't make a difference. Does Jetblue force customers to use it ?

@sl007 no, I'm just very troubled that jetblue is tying in to a DHS "service" designed like this.

I'm not *surprised*, but I am *disgusted*.

It might be time to fly wearing a Richard Nixon mask.


I've seen suggestions this is also to track international flyers more closely than domestic flyers, that they're actually taking photos and *keeping* them for people they don't have the DHS-supplied driver's license photos from

I dunno, I'm just fucking terrified of this level of surveillance becoming this normalized at this point

but I hope it gets figured out and doesn't become a normal feature of any air travel

@cwebber British Airlines did this on my last flight from the UK. I don't quite understand how I was already in that database.

@cwebber I'm pretty sure this is a government program rather than JetBlue as BA did just the same at Miami last week and the equipment was part of the airport furniture complete with supervisory spook.

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