Star Alliance biometric identification is coming to even more airports

Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, plans to have almost half of its 26 members actively use biometric identification technology to check in their passengers by 2025, responding to the trend that the safe reopening and the recovery of tourism began with the end of the coronavirus epidemic. According to the association’s hopes, the use of the face as a quasi-boarding card can significantly reduce the time spent on the procedure of passing through the checkpoints, including the security check and baggage check-in phases.

The group would like 12-15 airlines to adapt their biometric strategy or ensure compatibility with their service, and the four European airports already participating in the program would add additional contact points. In 2019, Star Alliance, together with Japan’s NEC Corporation, announced its own identification platform, an opt-in system that allows Star Alliance customers to use contactless services, including check-in, baggage drop-off or access to boarding gates. to the process of getting there. Among the airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss Airlines, as well as American Spirit Airlines, already use the solution. At the end of 2020, Lufthansa passengers were the first to use it at the security points at Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Vienna airports.

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In Montreal this week, the security issues of the wider use of biometric identification replacing traditional travel documents were on the agenda at the UN Aviation Symposium. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is responsible for setting standards for everything from runway designation to accident investigations that all of its 193 member states must apply.

The introduction of the use of the identification method for travel purposes is complicated by data protection rules that differ from region to region, as well as the lack of technical preparation in several countries. In the next three years, however, 38 percent of airports plan to introduce the use of at least one biometric token (e.g. facial recognition), which would guide the passenger through all checkpoints, compared to only 3 percent a year earlier, according to the report of the aviation and IT expert SITA .

There is already progress in the digitization of airports in other areas, for example, around 80 percent of ICAO states issue e-passports containing the passenger’s photo and equipped with a security chip, which appeared in 2004 as a usable alternative.


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