Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing the Transportation Security Administration’s rollout of face-scanning kiosks in political terms, with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) comparing the activities of “Joe Biden’s TSA” to the surveillance states of China and Russia.
The TSA’s new CAT-2 terminals are now in place at several major airports, with a national rollout ongoing.
The TSA started exploring the use of facial recognition under the Trump administration; survey-based research has found that attitudes about government surveillance tend to shift based on which political party is in power.
New York state legislators including Senator Brad Hoylman have sent a letter to Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan asking him to restrict the use of facial recognition at MSG venues to security applications. The letter reflects outrage after the technology was used to identify a lawyer involved in lawsuits against Madison Square Garden Entertainment when she arrived at a Christmas concert at the Radio City Music Hall, with security personnel having proceeded to eject her from the venue.