British installs biometric technology for international flights
British Airways tested the use of biometric technology for international flights, allowing customers who took part in the trial to travel through the airport "smartly" without having to show their passports. The airline urged its customers to register to participate in the trial from London Heathrow Terminal 5, to scan their face, passport and boarding pass on their smartphone or tablet before travel and promised that this information will be kept secure. . When test participants arrive at the airport, Smart Bio-Pod cameras verify their identity in less than three seconds, allowing them to keep their passport safe in their pocket until they reach their destination. “Not only is this the first time our customers can register their biometric information at home, but it's the first time they can use it for British Airways international flights. This is a safe and efficient tool that makes the airport experience smarter and more seamless, which will reduce the time it takes us to board planes,” David Breeze, British Airways Operations Transformation Manager, said: The trial will last six months on British Airways flights to Malaga, Spain. Customers who choose to participate will be invited to use the Fast-Track security lane and will receive complimentary priority boarding. If the trial is successful, it is expected to be rolled out to more international flights.
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