In Australia the passport will be replaced by a facial recognition system

Lloyd Doyle
July 8, 2018

This biometric check-in procedure is now under a trial phase with selected Qantas passengers and will use four "key steps" for passenger's automated check-in, according to a statement from Sydney Airport.

Further, the company is also exploring the use of biometrics in future trials such as mobile check in and automated boarder processing.

Lounge staff will also have access to the trial, enabling them to "create a more personalized experience when passengers arrive", Hudson said.

The system will be available to passengers on select global flights on a voluntary basis, and Qantas has proposed to expand it to mobile check-in and automated border processing in the future.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said the facial recognition technology was an evolution on the SmartGate system at airports that enabled travellers to put their passengers into a machine.

Tokens can be tracked at each point of a passenger's journey through the terminal, allowing Qantas, and other airlines that participate in the future, to see how many passengers for a flight have checked in or dropped off their luggage, been through security processing or are in the lounge.

Under the trial, passengers will need to consent to using the biometrics system, which adheres to strict privacy standards and complies with relevant legislation, Sydney Airport said.


A supplied image of a automated gate at Sydney Airport.

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert said the trial was part of efforts to make the experience at the airport easier and more convenient for passengers.

The Sydney Airport in partnership with airline Quantas has announced it will be running a facial racognition technology trial.

Sydney Airport is working with Vision-Box for the pilot, which is part of the Fast Passenger Processing Project.

In the future, there will be no more juggling passports and bags at check-in and digging through pockets or smartphones to show your boarding pass.

The PDE is based on the International Air Transport Association's One Identity concept.

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