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Recently we reported that Delta would be trialing biometrics for boarding and lounge access. The trial is now live at Reagan International Airport (DCA) in Washington DC. In the new trial, Delta customers are now using their fingerprint to board flights. This is the latest trial that sees more and more carriers using biometrics to speed up passengers’ progress through airports.
Partnership with CLEAR
The trial is in partnership with CLEAR, so to be eligible to take part you will need to be a CLEAR member. Luckily, CLEAR membership is free for Delta Diamond members, and for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members who hold a Delta co-branded credit card, enrollment in CLEAR is discounted and will cost $79. For everyone else, it is $99. To be eligible for the discounted rate, you need to hold one of the following Delta credit cards:
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
- Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express
- Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card
The trial still has a few phases to run and should include using your fingerprint to access the Delta Sky Club and ultimately should allow you to use your biometrics to drop off your checked bag. Long term, the days of the traditional boarding pass seem to be numbered.
This is another great move, with ever-tighter security measures at airports slowing down the flow, airlines taking steps to speed the process up could only be a good thing and bring back some pleasure to the whole airport experience. Delta joins a host of airlines including JetBlue who are trialing new biometric procedures to speed things up. Hopefully, governments will get in on the act and adopt technology to expedite immigration and security procedures.
Source: The Points Guy
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