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Airport facial recognition proposal dropped

US Customs and Border Protection has dropped plans for facial recognition at airports for US citizens.

The organisation has confirmed it will ditch the proposed rule, which would have required all travelers to have to go through a biometric face scan when they are entering or exiting the country.

In a statement, the agency said: "There are no current plans to require US citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United States.

"CBP intends to have the planned regulatory action regarding US citizens removed from the unified agenda next time it is published."

The proposal was first published in spring 2018 as part of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is put together every three months by the Executive Office of the President.

Meanwhile, the biometric exit programme has expanded to at least 17 airports, and there are plans within the CBP to have it scan 97% of outbound passengers by 2021.

The system looks for passengers who don't match their passport photos - or other government documents - by scanning their faces just before boarding.

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