U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the implementation of Simplified Arrival at six airports in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee: Rogers Municipal Carter Field Airport, Lakefront Airport, Alexandria (Louisiana) International Airport, Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, and Memphis International Airport.

Simplified Arrival uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are required for admission into the United States. Facial biometrics fulfill a longstanding congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens, CBP said. To date, according to CBP, more than 130 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and seaports of entry.

The Simplified Arrival process includes comparing a new photo taken on arrival at the primary inspection point to images the traveler has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos. Those who have previously traveled to the United States “may no longer need to provide fingerprints as their identity will be confirmed through the touchless facial comparison process,” CBP said. Travelers who opt out of the Simplified Arrival process must present a valid travel document for inspection by a CBP officer. 

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