Friday, July 30, 2021

Hawaii Moves Forward With Facial Recognition Technology


The state of Hawaii is pushing forward with its plan to install facial recognition technology at five of its airports. Despite backlash from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Hawaii Governor, David Ige told state legislators facial imaging will in place by the end of the year. This as part of the state’s plan to detect possible coronavirus cases among arriving passengers, according to Travel Weekly.

The facial recognition software will be used in addition to temperature screening cameras. All, installed at the airports in August. They are to help monitor and track arriving passengers to Hawaii. Travelers with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will undergo a voluntary secondary screening conducted by paramedics.

Prior to the implementation of the cameras, a state employee had to check each passenger’s temperature individually. The technology monitors body temperatures even if the subjects are wearing masks and hats.

Hawaii also has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone visiting the island until October 1.

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These measures are to cut down on the number of airport employees needed to track incoming tourists. Screeners can track the passengers who register a temperature that triggers further evaluation. The passenger will undergo secondary screening. The images will be thereafter be deleted for privacy reasons.

That still isn’t good enough for the ACLU, which has raised constitutional issues with implementing facial recognition.

The five Hawaii airports with the technology are Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport; Kahului Airport; Lihue Airport; Ellison Onizuka Kona Airport at Keahole; and Hilo Airport.

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