On your next flight, your face could be your ticket.
Foreign countries still require travel documentation, which is why passengers will still need to carry a passport. However, your face scan can be your boarding pass to get you to your seat faster.
The airline industry is taking a page from smartphone and computer hardware makers, by dabbling in facial recognition technology to speed up the convenience factor for customers. Recently, Delta Air Lines was the first to launch a biometric terminal in the U.S. for international flights at its Atlanta hub. Passengers can choose to check-in with the optional technology to speed up the process.
Separately, American Airlines and JetBlue are also working on their own facial recognition programs. According to airport technology company SITA, an airport tech company, over 70 percent of airports and airlines are planning trials or full rollouts of their own biometric scanning systems.
Here's how it works: At the self-service airport kiosk or at the counter, you can have a photo taken that's matched with your passport photo in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database. Next, that serves as your identification at the TSA security checkpoint. And when passengers are at the gate and ready to board, their face is again scanned in just two seconds, and they cleared to go right to your seat.
Delta said the technology will speed things up for passengers, especially at the boarding gate.