Skift Take

Let's face it, facial recognition software could be a breakthrough technology that could allow frequent fliers to bypass lines at gates while strengthening security. It's true that similar efforts in the past, like biometric passports and iris scanning, have had mixed results when it comes to efficiency and cost. But kudos to KLM and Schiphol for keeping up the fight to break the terminal bottleneck.

KLM will use face-scanning technology at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in a test of ways to speed up the boarding process and improve security.

The three-month trial requires passengers to register in advance and then scan boarding passes, passports and faces at a special kiosk, the airport said in an e-mailed statement. The test will take place at a selected gate at KLM’s hub.

Airports and airlines worldwide are exploring the use of new technologies to speed passengers through terminals more quickly and deal with the risks associated with international travel.

In Japan, the government early last year invested to install facial recognition systems at airports nationwide to boost security.

In the U.S., biometric screening firm Clear is expanding to 22 major U.S. airports with lanes that use fingerprints or iris scans to check members’ identities.


The service eliminates the need for boarding passes at the security checkpoints and identity checks and lets members head straight to Transportation Security Administration screening. New York-based Clear charges $179 a year, with new enrollees receiving a one-month trial for free.

The company opened lanes last month at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and is adding New York’s LaGuardia, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Los Angeles International, among others. Delta Air Lines Inc. owns a 5 percent stake in Clear.

With assistance from Justin Bachman.

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Tags: airport security, biometrics

Photo credit: Schiphol Airport has started a test with KLM involving “biometric boarding” – using facial recognition as an alternative to showing your boarding pass or passport. KLM