Articles tagged “biometrics”

United Invests in Clear to Offer Frequent Flyers Easier Screening

United Invests in Clear to Offer Frequent Flyers Easier Screening

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Clear doesn’t let you skip security screening at U.S. airport checkpoints, but its promise is to make the effort take less than five minutes consistently. Clearly United has heard from its most frequent customers that they value that consistency.

2 months ago

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines and other travel companies have been testing more than 50 systems for so-called biometric identification technologies, such as faceprint scans. But the industry needs to agree on standards for collecting, tracking, exchanging, and protecting travelers' data to speed everyone's journeys.

3 months ago

Hertz Partners With Clear to Ease Rental Car Pain With Biometrics

Hertz Partners With Clear to Ease Rental Car Pain With Biometrics

Colin Bertram, Bloomberg

Rental car checkout is a nightmare if you don't have any loyalty status with the company. Maybe this new perk will make Clear's annual fee worthwhile for more frequent travelers.

9 months ago

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

We hear good things about the reliability of facial scans at airports with one exception. JetBlue Airways reports that the system in place at its terminals is not as effective with the oldest travelers as it is with everyone else.

11 months ago

Delta Expands Its Facial Recognition Technology Test to Atlanta

Delta Expands Its Facial Recognition Technology Test to Atlanta

Natasha Rausch, Bloomberg

It's not clear using biometrics is easier for passengers or quicker for airlines. But there's a congressional mandate for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to identify people as they exit the country, and this is one way to do accomplish that.

12 months ago

AccorHotels Using Biometrics as Marketing Ploy for Loyalty Members

AccorHotels Using Biometrics as Marketing Ploy for Loyalty Members

Deanna Ting, Skift

It'd be so much more interesting to see if and how this kind of biometrics data can truly inform our travel experiences.

1 year ago

Homeland Security Facial Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

Homeland Security Facial Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

Dan Peltier, Skift

With the ongoing backlash against companies improperly sharing and using data in recent months, facial scans will be a tough sell to many travelers especially if they're implemented by the government.

1 year ago

Marriott CEO: Known Traveler Program Could Balance Visitor Demand With Security Issues

Marriott CEO: Known Traveler Program Could Balance Visitor Demand With Security Issues

Arne Sorenson, Marriott

The balance between the freedom to travel versus security issues is a dynamic playing out across the globe. A known traveler program that uses biometrics and other data to alleviate security concerns would be great for road warriors and other supertravelers, but might have less utility for once-a-year vacationers. Then again, there are no panaceas.

2 years ago

Business Travelers Weigh Ease of Biometrics Against Privacy Concerns

Business Travelers Weigh Ease of Biometrics Against Privacy Concerns

Amy Merrick, Skift

Business travelers are embracing the increasing use of facial-recognition software and fingerprint reading at airports to speed lines, but privacy advocates raise concerns about the security of information and its potential use.

2 years ago

Facial Recognition Scanners at Emirates Airline to Speed Passenger Processing

Facial Recognition Scanners at Emirates Airline to Speed Passenger Processing

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Numerous U.S. and European airlines have been testing facial recognition and biometric technologies to speed passengers through airports. Emirates' Dubai hub is busier than ever and the airline realizes that it, too, has to embrace these new technologies.

2 years ago

TSA Tests Fingerprint Scans at U.S. Airports to Replace IDs

TSA Tests Fingerprint Scans at U.S. Airports to Replace IDs

Michael Sasso and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

While some passengers may worry about privacy, this is a good development. The current system, in which an officer must compare a picture on an ID with a traveler, is not the most reliable. Humans make mistakes. This is a better approach.

2 years ago

JetBlue to Test Facial Recognition for Boarding Without Passports

JetBlue to Test Facial Recognition for Boarding Without Passports

Brian Sumers, Skift

Even as tests go, this is a tiny one. But it shows what's possible with biometrics. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to go through the airport without showing a boarding pass or passport?

2 years ago