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Articles tagged “biometrics”

Travel Technology

5 Travel Tech Trends Worth Watching in 2023

Travel technology has been turned on its head over the past couple of years. Just about every major trend listed was caused, directly or indirectly, by issues related to the pandemic.

5 Travel Tech Trends Worth Watching in 2023

Travel Technology

Clear Buys Technology That Holds a Traveler’s Place in Line

By acquiring Argentinan vendor Whyline, Clear is doubling down on technology that allows travelers to reserve a spot in line when they check in for their flight. This "virtual queueing" tech could be used outside of airports, too, such as at attraction parks, in conference venues, and on cruise ships.

Clear Buys Technology That Holds a Traveler’s Place in Line

Airlines

Pangiam Bets on Facial Recognition to Speed Travelers Through Airports Post-Covid

Covid has spiked interest in biometric technology to reduce touchpoints and speed travelers through airports. Travel tech firm Pangiam is betting this is only the beginning with the acquisition of the facial recognition system VeriScan from the Washington, D.C., airports operator.

Pangiam Bets on Facial Recognition to Speed Travelers Through Airports Post-Covid

Airlines

Border Security Officials Face Tough Tech Investment Choices When Travel Eventually Returns

Many border security agencies aren't ready to cope with a return to pre-pandemic levels of travel if they have to track additional pieces of information like traveler health. Blame the holdup on a debate about tactics and tech, not just budgetary shortfalls.

Border Security Officials Face Tough Tech Investment Choices When Travel Eventually Returns

Online Travel

U.S. Needs to Tighten Oversight of How Airlines Use Facial Recognition Data: New Government Report

Facial recognition tech divides people. They say either that it's faster and contactless, or that it invades people's privacy. But questions about data security matter, too.

U.S. Needs to Tighten Oversight of How Airlines Use Facial Recognition Data: New Government Report

Coronavirus

Contactless Tech Promises to Be Travel’s Next Big Thing: What’s Real and What’s Hype?

Low-touch is the new high-touch in travel. Companies may rapidly adopt some kinds of contactless systems in response to the pandemic. But which ones?

Contactless Tech Promises to Be Travel’s Next Big Thing: What’s Real and What’s Hype?

Airlines

United Invests in Clear to Offer Frequent Flyers Easier Screening

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.

United Invests in Clear to Offer Frequent Flyers Easier Screening

Hotels

AccorHotels Using Biometrics as Marketing Ploy for Loyalty Members

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

AccorHotels Using Biometrics as Marketing Ploy for Loyalty Members

Tourism

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

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.

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

Airlines

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

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.

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