Heathrow Airport will be launching the most up to date and widely used facial technology in the world according to reports.
The London airport passengers will no longer need to repeatedly show their passport or boarding pass, and the cutting edge technology is due to launch this summer!.
Britain’s largest airport will installs facial recognition technology at check in and is set to make travel MUCH easier for passengers from this summer moving forward.
The new launch is part of a ‘facial recognition technology’ £50 million project. Travellers will be scanned by a camera and it is expected to slash waiting times in the airport.
The proposed system is quite similar to other facial recognition systems already used at airport border controls. The camera will compare your face to the photo that is stored in the embedded chip within the passport, however this practice will be just like the automated gates, optional. So, when the passenger shows up at the check-in desk, the system will take an image of the face can pairing to the flight details of that passenger. Heathrow has been trialling the technology and says it is now ready for a wider rollout.
The facial recognition technology reveal has caused some concern for privacy issues, Heathrow says that any images taken will be deleted at the end of the day and will be optional for passengers at all times, the general feedback shared across social media has been positive.