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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

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In the travel hiatus caused by the pandemic, many airports, airlines, tech companies and government agencies continued to invest in biometric advancements.

Credit: Michael Waraksa

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition, which the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology estimated is at least 99.5% accurate compared to iris scanning or fingerprints.

Delta Air Lines in November launched a digital identity program for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck members at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, who can opt in to using facial recognition.

Swiss biometrics technology company SITA also tested a system with United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport to compare driver licenses and passports to facial scans for baggage check and domestic boarding purposes.

The CLEAR subscription service, meanwhile, allows subscribers to use dedicated kiosks to access their biometric data, confirm their identities, and advance to the front of the TSA security line.

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