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Delta Air Lines will use facial recognition cameras at LAX boarding gates

Delta Air Lines will begin using facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, installing cameras to identify passengers at one boarding gate, with plans to add more.

The move by the Atlanta-based carrier comes as a coalition of progressive groups, including Greenpeace, MoveOn and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, called for a federal ban on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies.

Critics of the technology say that the images collected by the cameras can be stored and used to violate the privacy of innocent people, and that the technology is more likely to misidentify women and people of color than white men.

Fight for the Future, a nonprofit group opposed to online censorship and a member of the coalition, said the group is opposed to the use of facial recognition for airlines.

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