Delta Air Lines will start testing a facial recognition boarding system for international flights at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport later this year, but don’t worry, it will be optional. Kind of.
The biometric terminals will be installed in several areas throughout the terminal and you will also find self-service kiosks in the lobby. According to Delta, the installation is the “first biometric terminal” in the U.S.
The passengers will enter their passport information when they check in online and once they reach the kiosk, they click “look“. As they reach the lobby counter, they walk up to the camera there, at the TSA checkpoint or even when boarding the gate. Once a green mark shows up on the screen, they are good to go. Quite simple and straightforward, right?
The passengers have the option to proceed as usual through security and not go anywhere near the biometric scanners, but only as long as they are U.S citizens – everyone else will have to access the terminals.
The data collected by Delta is stored by the government for two weeks but the exit records on citizens and green card holders will be preserved for 15 years, while for non-immigrant visitors, for no less than 75 years.
It’s a controversial thing, facial recognition, with some saying it’s a privacy violation, while others argue that it’s a necessary evil. Honestly, I’ll just be happy to not have to wait around in a queue and maybe miss my flight.