CBP officials said they are not identifying the man until their investigation is complete. This is the first time CBP officials have caught a person using the new technology.
Dulles is one of 14 airports using the technology, which was installed there only three days before the man was caught.
“Facial recognition technology is an important step forward for CBP in protecting the United States from all types of threats,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of the Baltimore Field Office. “The new facial recognition technology virtually eliminates the ability for someone to use a genuine document that was issued to someone else.”
CBP officials say the technology simplifies the arrival process for travelers enabling them to move through screening more quickly. Law enforcement officials say such systems can help them identify and capture criminals more quickly. Critics have raised concerns about the accuracy of such systems and whether they compromise individuals' privacy.