It’s already happening in Orlando, Miami and Los Angeles.

In a couple of years, it could come to Canada and eventually Kelowna.

It’s called biometric boarding, the technology using facial recognition to speed up everything from check-in, bag drop, security, passport control and customs to boarding the plane.

“The passenger’s facial identity will have already been captured by U.S. Customs, so when they walk up to the boarding gate, another camera will recognize them and the doors will open and let them in without the need to show the boarding pass or passport again,” said Edward Bauer of SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques), which developed the SmartPath biometric technology.

SITA has a booth promoting the technology at the Canada Airports Council national convention being held in Kelowna this week.

“U.S. Customs is busy building a gallery of all passengers for use with SmartPath,” said Bauer.

Once in the gallery, a passenger who checks in for a flight online, using an app or at an airport kiosk can then proceed through all stages via facial recognition without having to show a boarding pass or passport.

SITA provides other information technology and telecommunications services to most airlines, airports, plane manufactures and air cargo companies in the world.

Recommended for you