You must be thinking what I’m thinking, carrying around boarding passes, passport, and ID cards is pretty annoying when you’re passing through security and checks a few times. Some smart travelers have invested in those document-holding wallets made for hassle-free travel and the other ones go through with their cool QR code, but the less organized and tech-savvy of us still struggle going across airport around the globe. This goes especially for foreign travelers who apply for countless visas and face the enormous hassles of proving their identity and demonstrating years of social media activity and family history.
Well, a new technology will make everything easier, quicker, and minimize unwanted stress from traveling by implementing facial recognition technology at check-in; albeit it works correctly and if passengers are up for it in terms of its privacy implications.
JetBlue stated it’s planning to use this face scanning technology as opposed to physical or mobile boarding passes. The airline is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border protection on specific flights to test the concept and Delta is jumping on the tech bandwagon by adding the facial recognition technology to its bag checking system, by providing travelers with printed bag tags before having them head over to machines that match them with their passport pictures by using identity verification.
Now, this is how the system works. As you go through the line to board a flight, your face is scanned and is compared to the picture on your passport to make sure they match. Then, you’re on your way.
The system would be implemented on all passengers, from domestic ones to foreign ones holding passport and visa; and not just in America, tests are being run around the world from the Australian Department of Immigration to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport’s partnership with Dutch airline KLM. Airlines agree that this sort of biometric self-checking machines will do wonders for travelers, from saving time to freeing up employees to care for other tasks and passengers in need, guaranteeing an overall better airport experience.
Of course, like any new technology, there are some issues – identification can be tricky sometimes based on factors such as changes in look, skin color (white women and black people are not as easily recognized as white men), similarities between individuals, and people such as twins; causing mismatching identities and concerns over privacy.
But there’s no denying facial recognition will soon be coming at an airport near you, so get ready to board that flight the fastest you’ve ever been.