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We’ve all been there before…you are rushing through airport security and having to scramble through your purse or backpack for your boarding pass and ID. It is an awkward and tense few moments.
Soon that will be a thing of the past as Delta is going to begin offering facial recognition as your identification.
Later this year, Delta will be rolling out facial recognition at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta for international flights out of Terminal F. Your face alone will be able to do the following on Delta and any SkyTeam airline (Delta, Aeromexico, KLM, Air France):
- Drop your checked bags
- Check-in at the self service kiosks
- Act as your identification at the TSA checkpoint
- Allow you to board your flight (in Terminal F)
However, to use facial recognition, you will need to check-in online & enter all your passport information. Also, if you are using the facial recognition for the first time, you will have to get your photo taken.
While this is extremely innovative, it doesn’t replace the traditional passport just yet because you’ll need your passport or ID just about every where else you go.
Also, this comes back to a larger discussion of data and privacy. Many of us are divided on the subject, but it appears Delta is simply looking to make your experience even better from start to finish. While this technology is reported to save ~9 minutes for travelers, I’m personally okay with my trusted brands using my data to make my experience better. Businesses are always looking to connect with their customers, and I’d love for Delta to know that I want my coffee with 2 creamers and 2 sugars and my water with ice.
Do you feel the same? Would you feel comfortable using this type of technology? Let me know in the comments below!
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