Amadeus has developed facial-recognition technology in partnership with Lufthansa that is now being used by the airline for boarding at Los Angeles International Airport.
Lufthansa reports that during an initial trial it was able to board 350 passengers onto an A380 plane in about 20 minutes.
The system uses facial-recognition cameras that capture a photo of the passenger’s face as he or she approaches the gates. The image is instantly and securely sent to the US Customs and Border Protection database for real-time matching and verification.
Once the match is made, within a few seconds, the system counts the passenger as “boarded,” and the person can walk onto the plane without needing to show a boarding pass or passport.
The airline says it will introduce biometric boarding at other US airports following the pilot in Los Angeles.
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