HOUSTON – If the Trump administration gets its way, all U.S. citizens flying abroad will have to submit to face scans at airport security.
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Privacy advocates call the plan an ill-advised step toward a surveillance state.
Nonimmigrant foreigners entering the U.S. currently must submit to fingerprint and photo collection.
Congress long ago agreed to extending that to face scans on departure — mostly to keep better track of visa overstays.
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Now, the Department of Homeland Security says U.S. citizens must also be scanned for the program to work.
Pilots are under way at six U.S. airports. DHS aims to have high-volume U.S. international airports engaged beginning next year.