British Airways is expanding its biometric identification doors to new airports in New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and Orlando (MCO). These "biometric electronic doors", which have been in a test at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) since November 2017, use facial recognition to combine brochures with their passport, visa or immigration photos and may eliminate the need to display a boarding pass or identification when boarding an airplane.
Passengers still have to show identification and a boarding pass when they pass through airport security. But when used instead of the traditional boarding process, British Airways says doors drastically reduce waiting times. With biometric doors at LAX, British Airways has been able to address "more than 400 customers in just 22 minutes", which according to the company is less than half the normal time.
British Airways says the new test at the Orlando International Airport is already underway. Two of the biometric doors are in place, scanning customers on the daily flight from Orlando to Gatwick, England. The company claims that it has been able to board these flights of approximately 240 people in just 10 minutes.
Cutting times in half, or more
At JFK and MIA, British Airways is conducting a different test where the doors will be used to identify passengers arriving from Heathrow Airport, which means they will no longer have to scan travel documents or fingerprints afterwards. to land.
The British Airways tests are just a taste of the biometric technology tested at airports around the world. Dubai is working on the use of facial recognition to manage security checkpoints at its international airport. Delta integrated facial recognition at some bag launch stations last year, and JetBlue tested the biometric approach on flights to Aruba. Both Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection have been integrating facial recognition into security checkpoints, an idea that recently generated criticism of the Georgetown Law Privacy and Technology Center.