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June 5, 2017

Americas: Biometric Technology Programs Begin at U.S. Airports

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We don’t seem to be getting any closer to personal jetpacks but flying in America has taken one step closer to a sci-fi movie. JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines have started testing biometric technologies at airports in the United States.

JetBlue has introduced a pilot program to replace paper boarding passes with facial recognition technology for travelers on flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba. JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and information technology firm SITA to match photos of travelers to their passport images saved in a database. The move is aimed at decreasing bottlenecks at airport checkpoints and is already being tested extensively at European airports including Amsterdam, Paris, and Helsinki

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