JetBlue will begin using facial recognition technology to verify passenger’s identities boarding flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Queen Beatrix International Airport located in Aruba.
Delta just last week began letting members of it’s loyalty reward program use fingerprints as identification to enter the Delta Sky Club located in the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Delta said if all goes well it plans to allow passengers to check a bag or board a flight using their fingerprints.
Earlier this year some KLM flights departing Amsterdam used facial recognition software for boarding. It was a multi-month trial that began in February. Passengers didn’t have to show a boarding pass. By the time each passenger boards (at the airlines test gate), KLM’s system already scanned the passenger’s passport, boarding pass, and face. When the plane is boarding no documents are required. The airline erases the data post flight.
There are actually quite a few airlines testing new technology. British Airways is testing at London Heathrow and Air New Zealand in Brisbane Australia. Airlines believe they may soon scan passengers fingerprints, face , or eyes to authenticate each person.
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