Miami Airport will verify the identity of every passenger with new biometric scanners


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Travelers will only need to show their face instead of boarding passes to be cleared to board in seconds

The future comes to Miami International Airport (MIA) Airport authorities recently announcement that they would soon have the largest implementation of biometric boarding technology in the United States. The new facility will allow passengers to quickly board international flights with the click of a camera.

According to official information, the deployment of the technology in more than 130 doors should be completed by 2023. The project is part of an alliance with the multinational technology company SITA and the collaboration and authorization of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) .

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said, “The launch of biometric boarding at MIA is the latest way Miami-Dade County is leveraging technology to improve customer service and simplify processes. operations. I am proud to see our airport take the lead in the country with this cutting-edge innovation that will simplify the boarding process for our passengers.

Air travelers pass through automated facial recognition check gates at Heathrow Airport

New technology will use passenger’s photo to confirm identity and authorize travel in seconds. It was first tested with select airlines during a pilot program in 2019, and boarding time has improved significantly.

Ralph Cutié, Director and CEO of MIA, said, “We look forward to enhancing our passengers’ experience with this state-of-the-art boarding solution. MIA is now the busiest US airport for international travel and continues to set new records every month for passenger growth. Biometric onboarding is one of the major steps we are taking to pave the way for further growth in the years to come.

This news comes to counter the bad reputation of the airport since the Miami airport has the longest waiting time at the security checkpoint in the United States. Airport authorities hope the new technology will speed up processes and allow passengers to board faster than ever.

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chinese man using face id before entering door

The implementation of this new technology which quickly recognizes individual traits comes to meet the needs of passengers – according to information shared by the airport – and also to follow a program of expansion and improvement of processes defined in 2020 by the CBP to use facial biometrics for admission to the United States.

Matthys Serfontein, President of the Americas at SITA, said: “Overall, we are seeing passengers want a faster journey through the airport where key stages of travel are automated. Our Smart Path biometric solution will allow for future expansion to other touchpoints at MIA as well as the use of multiple forms of digital identity.

Miami International Airport facade

However, Miami airport is not the first to use biometric facial matching in the United States. According to the information shared on Wired Phocusin 2018, Orlando International Airport became the first to use SITA’s system – at 30 gates – for international flights.

In a video, the airport shows travelers how biometric boarding works: Travelers only have to stand in front of the camera for a few seconds and wait for the sign of approval to continue walking and boarding the plane. Passengers should soon start seeing this system at their international departure gates at Miami Airport.

The faces of travelers are the new boarding passes

Other airports around the world have already started using similar technology in recent years. These biometric systems are already in use at international airports in Beijing, Rome, Athens, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Recently, Singapore announcement that it will roll out biometric iris and face verification by the end of 2022 at Changi Airport. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) authorities also announced a recent investment in biometrics for air travel, and Brazil has also deployed the technology at Congonhas (São Paulo) and Santos Dumont (Rio de Janeiro) airports. ).

Travelers to the United States who are uncomfortable with biometric facial recognition can refuse— as reported by PCMag — and the airline is expected to offer the traditional method.

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