The airline is testing facial recognition as a passport replacement

What if you could speed up the long line to board an aircraft with just your face? That's the question Dutch airline KLM is testing with ‘biometric boarding', an experimental new concept that uses facial recognition in place of a traditional passport and boarding pass.

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Passengers who register their information at a special kiosk before boarding will be recognized at the gate using facial recognition software, matching passengers to their passports. Following boarding, KLM promises that all personal data will be erased, with data stored within the the registration kiosk erased after ten hours.

KLM is currently testing the idea at the Netherland's Schiphol Airport. For now, it is being used at just one gate as the airline monitors the the system’s speed, reliability, and user-friendliness. The test will be ongoing for at least three months.

Biometric boarding is just one innovative concept being tested by KLM at Schiphol, which hopes to become the world's “leading digital airport” in 2018. There is also an ongoing test at Schiphol which allows passengers to leave their laptops and liquids in their bags. The airport says in years to come these technologies could be implemented on a larger scale if proven successful.

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What if you could speed up the long line to board an aircraft with just your face? That's the question Dutch airline KLM is testing with ‘biometric boarding', an experimental new concept that uses facial recognition in place of a traditional passport and boarding pass.

Passengers who register their information at a special kiosk before boarding will be recognized at the gate using facial recognition software, matching passengers to their passports. Following boarding, KLM promises that all personal data will be erased, with data stored within the the registration kiosk erased after ten hours.