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The Future. Despite privacy and ethics concerns, biometric technology is taking off at both domestic and international airports — rolling out to speed up security screenings, access to terminal amenities, and even paying for food. One day, airports may no longer have the thing that flyers hate the most: lines.

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Today’s TSA PreCheck will soon be child’s play.

  • Major airlines like Delta, American, and United have rolled out facial recognition tech to speed up bag drops and security screenings and gain entrance into airport lounges — cutting down wait times by half.
  • The TSA and Customs & Border Protection are each rolling out their own tech as a way to speed up international arrivals and departures — both hope to have their tech in over 400 airports in the coming years.
  • Internationally, Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and almost all the airports in China let passengers use their faces for everything once they check in.

A study by air transport IT firm SITA found that 70% of global airlines will likely use biometric identification by 2026, and 90% of airports are investing in the tech. So, even when travel gets stressful, don’t lose your head.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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