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In an age of enhanced security at most airports, governments and airlines are deploying more and more technologies to make travel safe and speed up the process of clearing the various security checks at airports while maintaining a gold standard of passenger safety. The latest company to implement a new technology is KLM, which is now testing biometric face scanning at the gate. The test by KLM will run for the next three months at the company’s home base, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (AMS).
The main aim of the new approach is to improve security and speed up the boarding process for passengers. The pilot will run at one dedicated gate in Schiphol.
How Will Biometric Boarding Work
Passengers will scan their passports and biometric data at gates just before the jetway. The scan will then confirm the passenger’s identity and confirm that they are booked on the flight. This will eliminate the need to show a boarding pass or passport at the gate. To use the service, you will have to pre-register your passport. This will involve a scan of your passport and face being done at specific kiosks before you arrive at the gate area. As part of the trial process and to ensure travelers’ privacy, all personal data will be erased from the kiosk after 10 hours.
This trial by KLM further develops the trend to incorporate hi-tech solutions to airport security, currently in the US, Clear uses a combination of fingerprints and iris scans to speed up the processing of passengers, while other countries regularly use digital prints scan to enhance their border security.
This is a welcome development for anyone who frequently travels, since clearing the various levels of security can be tiresome and time-consuming. Every step taken to speed up the process and make it easier, while maintaining the highest standards of passenger safety is a welcome one in the right direction. The latest development, in addition to the current trial being run at Amsterdam airport, is to eliminate the need for passengers to remove liquids and laptops from their carry-on’s.
Source & Images: KLM.
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