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Lie detector tests at airport security? Yep, it’s coming

In several airports in Europe, passengers will be administered lie detector tests powered by artificial intelligence in addition to their normal security steps, according to a press release about the new initiative. 

A new European Union-backed project called iBorderCtrl will install lie detector tests at border checkpoints in Hungary, Latvia and Greece — three countries that border non-EU nations — for a test run this month, in which travelers from outside the EU will answer questions from a computer-animated border guard through a webcam.

The press release states the virtual border guard will analyze travelers’ micro-expressions to gauge whether they may be lying, with human border guards overseeing the process and stepping in if a security risk is detected.

Travelers deemed to be low-risk during a pre-screening stage will only be asked about their basic information during the lie-detection process, while passengers who may be a higher risk will receive a more detailed screening. 

“It will ask the person to confirm their name, age and date of birth, (and) it will ask them things like what the purpose of their trip is and who is funding the trip,” Keeley Crockett, one of the experts involved in the project, told CNN about the screening process.

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