Two Italian airports at the moment are trialling ‘FaceBoarding’ at their safety checkpoints– facial recognition expertise that enables travellers to breeze by means of the airport with out displaying their passport or boarding move.

At Milan Linate Airport and Catania Airport, passengers who’re over 18 years previous can now board a flight with out getting out their journey paperwork.

To make use of the service, passengers should first check-in and then register at FaceBoarding desks by scanning their passport or digital ID card and matching it to a facial scan.

ITA Airways and Scandinavian Airways passengers are among the many first to trial the facial recognition programs to confirm their identification whereas travelling. At some airports, designated lanes for FaceBoarding customers means they are going to have precedence at safety screening and the boarding gates.

Because it stands, travellers on different airways must present their journey paperwork once more earlier than they board the plane.

After you’ve got registered on the desk as soon as, from June the FaceBoarding app will permit customers to connect the boarding passes of future flights to their scanned identification paperwork.

The trial is about to final till 31 December 2025 and frequent flyers can select to register to make use of FaceBoarding for only one or all of their flights throughout the method.

Nevertheless, don’t rush to ditch your journey paperwork, you will nonetheless want to hold identification – together with your passport and boarding move – by means of the airport to catch your flight.

Safety checkpoints and gates might be accessed as standard by displaying a passport and boarding move by passengers who select to not register for FaceBoarding.

The brand new biometric recognition software program developed by Thales, a French IT firm, and Swiss safety group Dormakaba hopes to considerably minimize safety line wait occasions and scale back the necessity for border brokers.

From 6 October 2024, biometric border checks will probably be normal throughout Europe as a part of the EU’s new Entry/Exit System (EES), an automatic IT system for registering non-EU travellers.

UK passengers, who don’t require a visa to enter the EU, might want to submit fingerprints and facial biometrics earlier than they “cross the exterior borders of European international locations”.

Most European airports, aside from Cyprus and Eire, and non-EU international locations together with Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland within the Schengen Space, will apply the EES system.


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