Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Dutch carrier KLM have started a ‘biometric boarding’ trial which is due to last at least three months.
The trialled system, which uses innovative face recognition technology, will allow passengers to board their flight without showing either their boarding pass or passport at the gate.
The trial is taking place at a selected gate at the airport where eligible passengers will be required to register for the initiative at a special kiosk in the gate’s waiting area.
At the kiosk passengers will have their face, passport and boarding pass scanned, allowing them to board their flight “quickly and easily via a separate gate that identifies passengers using facial recognition”.
The airport has stressed that all personal data will be deleted after boarding to ensure privacy.
According to Schiphol and KLM the purpose of the trial is to assess the facial recognition technology and ascertain the speed, reliability and user-friendliness of the system.
In addition, the airport is also trialling a new hand baggage scanner which allows passengers to leave laptops and liquids in their bags.
Schiphol Airport aism to become the ‘Leading Digital Airport’ in 2018.