Beginning this week, international visitors departing the U.S. from Atlanta and Detroit will have to "check out" with immigration authorities, who will scan passports and fingerprints. Robert Mocny, head of the US-VISIT program under the Department of Homeland Security, says the biometric data will help reduce the threat posed by stolen passports. "There are tens of millions of lost or stolen passports that circulate the globe on the black market used by international criminals and terrorists. This [biometric verification] puts a stop to that," he says.
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