Lufthansa announced a pilot program to test biometric boarding at Los Angeles International Airport.After a trial period at LAX, the carrier plans to roll out the procedure to other airports across the United States. During an initial trial the airline was able to board nearly 350 passengers onto an Airbus A380 in approximately 20 minutes.
The self-boarding gates use facial recognition cameras to capture passengers’ facial images as they approach, and sends the images to the United States Customs and Border Protection database for real-time matching and verification.
The Lufthansa trial program demonstrates “how facial biometrics can provide a range of traveler benefits for a secure and seamless passenger experience,” said John Wagner, a deputy executive assistant commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
After the image is matched, the system recognizes the passenger as boarded, and the passenger can board the plane without the use of a boarding pass or passport.
The software was developed by Lufthansa and its longtime IT partner, Amadeus.
Frequent Business Traveler 3/19/2018