U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of Baltimore.
The enhanced arrivals process, now available at 14 U.S. seaports, uses facial biometric comparison technology to verify a traveler’s identity within two seconds and is more than 98% accurate.
Debarking passengers walk up to new technology that will match their identity to their travel document photo within two seconds, while Carnival Cruise Line employees assist.
U.S. travelers and select foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new biometric process can simply request a manual document check from a CBP Officer consistent with existing requirements for admission into the United States.
Currently, more than 187 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land and seaports of entry.