by Kamalika Some April 29, 2019
On a busy day of travel at the airport, what do you see? One huge queue that starts from curb to gate when you must zigzag between retractable barriers move swift from one point to the next, detouring and jamming through the terminal. The check-in, baggage drop, security checks, the warm coffee at the coffee shop, the boarding gate, the halting march down the tarmac and the flight.
Imagine a future free of security gates! You just have to walk to your plane which is as easy as you unlock your phone, without having to worry about the dangers that come with air travel. Enter the world of technology where your biometric data is all that is important for your check-in. Major airports at the US are using facial recognition and other AI-powered techniques to recognize, authorize, and screen you. Sounds Creepy?
Soon, you could walk into the international terminal of almost any US airport and board a plane without showing anyone your passport.
All you have to do is to pose in front of an Airport camera which will scan your face and send your image to a remote system which matches it to a stored copy of your passport photo you have shown at the check-in counter. Subsequently, you will have your photo taken when you stand at the security line, and finally at the gate. If everything still matched up, you’d be on board, quietly warring with your seatmate over the armrest.
Rolled out at 17 airports in the US, the US Customs and Border Protection program also called as Biometric Exit, includes a face-matching system deployed at departure gates. And that might be appealing to you; after all, it should expedite the boarding process (no exchange of documents probably saves you a few seconds and some effort), but there are plenty of reasons why opting out might prove a better decision in the end.
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