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British Airways Has Begun a Trial That Will Use Biometric Data, Such as Iris and Skin Recognition, on Select International Flights

British Airways has launched a new trial of biometric technology that allows customers to travel internationally without showing their passports at the airport. It is the first airline in the world to implement this new system.

International flights using biometric boarding

The new trial requires passengers to scan their boarding pass, face, and passport before international travel. Passengers who participate will be asked to keep their personal information safe and secure. The airline assures participants that the data is kept in a safe digital vault. London Heathrow Airport‘s Terminal 5 will be home to the new trial. Biometric identification is only possible when passengers are at the airport, but by relying on biometric data from Smart Bio-Pod cameras, British Airways’ Operations Transformation Manager, David Breeze, has highlighted how important this is to have anywhere else in the world. It represents a first-of-its-kind opportunity for frequent flyers to register their biometric data anywhere other than the airport. This is also the first time that passengers are able to use their biometric information on British Airways flights. With the help of security and efficiency software, British Airways is able to process more passengers during a shorter time frame. They’re also able to better serve customer inquiries and provide superior service.

How it works:

British Airways is testing an experimental digital trial that will send passengers on a six-month journey through literature. Passengers are partaking in the trial by randomly being selected to participate and then receiving an email at least three days before their departure date. To participate in the Fast-Track trial, you don’t need to preregister at home. Simply opt-in to get complimentary priority boarding and to use the Fast-Track security line. First UK airline to introduce biometric boarding for those travelling with children. After British Airways was the first airline to introduce self-boarding at airport gates in June of 2017, the company has started installing automated biometric technology at three terminal 5 gates. British Airways is beginning to roll out facial recognition technology to verify the identities of passengers as they go through security. The systems will then be able to match the passenger’s face scanned at security with their face in the boarding area. This year, the airline plans to add biometric equipment to up to three domestic gates per week and will eventually consider adding it for international flights. An A350 to Cape Town British Airways sent its Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time this week. The inaugural flight came as the airline is ramping up services to the country. Beginning on November 20, British Airways will be doubling its service from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

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