Hobby Airport launches facial comparison technology for international passengers

William P. Hobby Airport has announced it has introduced facial comparison technology for all international arrivals and departure, cutting wait times at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection checkpoints by nearly half, the company said.

Hobby Airport is the first in Texas to have full biometric entry and exit for passengers who are traveling internationally.

The enhanced entry process complements the biometric exit process that CBP, Houston Airports (HAS) introduced in November 2018. In 2017, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) was one of only three airports in the nation to deploy facial recognition technology when a pilot program for biometric exiting was launched.

The implementation of biometric facial comparison technology is a direct result of recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, and it addresses Congressional mandates to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-US citizens.

Comprised of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) / Houston Spaceport, the Houston Airport System served nearly 60 million passengers in 2019.