New facial biometric technology kiosks for NEXUS passengers were installed at Vancouver International Airport in October 2019. (Vancouver International Airport)

New facial biometric technology kiosks for NEXUS passengers were installed at Vancouver International Airport in October 2019. (Vancouver International Airport)

Facial scans kick in for NEXUS passengers at YVR

New technology will replace retina scans

Passengers in the NEXUS lineup at Vancouver International Airport will now get more than just their retinas scanned.

The Canada Border Services Agency set up new facial biometric technology kiosks for NEXUS passengers in October, as one of the first such installations at airports across Canada.

In a statement on Tuesday, the agency said the new system “better aligns with global trends for border processing.” The facial recognition scans will replace the retina scans.

Under the new system, NEXUS passengers will head into the kiosk, have their faces scanned, and if they have nothing to declare for customs, they can proceed to the luggage carousel. Those with something to declare will have to verbally declare any goods to an officer in the customs hall.

Passengers who go through the kiosk for the first time must carry their passports with them so the kiosk can take a photo for storage and identity verification.

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