Airport security

Department of Homeland Security drops controversial facial recognition plan

Photo of a woman in front of a screen with a checkmark and the words "Proceed to gate."
A facial recognition system at Dulles Airport. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

The Department of Homeland Security has backtracked on a plan to require every person, including U.S. citizens and green-card holders, to submit to a facial recognition screening before entering or leaving the country.

Why it matters: Facial recognition has emerged as a privacy flashpoint. As some cities pass bans on the technology, the federal government has pushed forward — but this reversal shows the limits of public appetite for its use.

More airport dogs hired to stop African swine fever from spreading to U.S.

A airport security beagle sniffing luggage.
Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Airport security beagles are focusing on sniffing out pork products as African swine fever continues to spread, with fears that it might reach the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: African swine fever has already wiped out half of China's pork livestock and spread to more than 40 countries, per the Post. As a result, the USDA has hired an additional 60 beagle teams to increase the number of screenings, notes the Post. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus, but it's is not dangerous for humans.