TSA TRIES OUT ANOTHER (ILLEGAL) BIOMETRIC “ID VERIFICATION” SYSTEM | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

TSA TRIES OUT ANOTHER (ILLEGAL) BIOMETRIC “ID VERIFICATION” SYSTEM

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Today the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it has launched a “pilot” at Washington National Airport (DCA) of yet another scheme for biometric identification and tracking of domestic air travelers.

The new “touchless ID verification” stations at DCA include a webcam (at top center of photo above) a magnetic-stripe reader (lower left) for drivers licenses and other ID cards, and a photographic scanner for passports (lower right).

Travelers who volunteer to use the new system are directed to insert their drivers license, ID card, or passport into the appropriate reader, stand on a marked spot in front of the webcam, and remove their face mask, so that the image from the ID (or, more likely, from some back-end image database linked to the ID, although that hasn’t been disclosed) and the image from the webcam can be compared by some undisclosed algorithm.

As we’ve noted previously, it appears to us that (1) the TSA has no general authority to require travelers to show their faces or remove face masks, and (2) in many jurisdictions, orders issued by state or local health authorities currently *require* all people in public places such as airports to wear masks.

The TSA describes this system as “touchless”. But while TSA staff don’t have to touch travelers’ IDs, each traveler has to touch the same ID card or passport scanner. Then, immediately after touching the scanner, they have to touch their face again to put their mask back on.

The TSA press release (reproduced in full below, since it doesn’t seem to be available on the TSA’s website) doesn’t say how long this “pilot” will last. In practice, expansions of TSA tracking of travelers have typically been rolled out incrementally, initially announced with reassuring statements that “this is only a test” and is “voluntary”, but then continued indefinitely and made compulsory as a condition of passage through TSA checkpoints.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, I will just drive to my destinations henceforward.

This is not about catching the bad guys; it is about cowing ordinary, law-abiding, everyday citizens, like myself, to accept any degradation in the way in which I am treated by this government, and I, for one, have HAD IT!!!

Driving, even if the destination is far, and we're driving an older car, just got more attractive to me than ever.

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