US DHS initiates biometric exit project

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is intending to integrate its biometric exit procedures into the existing international airports of the country.

DHS will take initiative steps for the implementation of biometric exit procedures at airports. The fist step would be the completion of the three-year pilot program that required international visitors to biometrically check out at select airports and seaports. International visitors will no longer be required to use the US-VISIT exit kiosks when they leave the United States. Visitors have to return the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form I-94 to an airline or ship representative. Recently, DHS has submitted an exit plan to Congress as part of the US-VISIT 2007 Expenditure Plan, which incorporates lessons learned from the biometric exit pilot program. DHS, Congress and the 9/11 Commission have consistently recognized biometric exit control as a priority in order to fully secure our nation's borders.