The future of travel: approach the gate, scan your face, board the aircraft. This is not some dystopian world or sci-fi movie. This is how Lufthansa is now boarding flights at Los Angeles International Airport.
Lufthansa has rolled out biometric boarding at LAX and early reports indicate great success. Conde Nast reports:
All passengers need to do is approach the self-boarding gate right right before boarding the plane and pause: Within seconds, facial scans are sent in real-time to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for verification, and if all goes as planned, a passenger is recognized as “boarded” and can proceed down the jet bridge. Following the trial, the airline says it will roll out biometric boarding at other airports around the country. So long, pesky boarding passes!
British Airways has already been testing this at LAX. Qantas and Korean Air are not far behind. Meanwhile, in Atlanta Delta is also trialing biometric boarding, as is JetBlue in Boston.
Don’t expect this to fully replace the need for paper or mobile boarding passes, however. These will still be necessary to clear TSA checkpoints since the TSA doesn’t have a database of all driver’s licenses and passports. At least not yet…
Biometric boarding procedure gives a whole new meaning to “ticketless travel”. Have you experienced biometric boarding yet?
top image: British Airways