Emirates first foreign airline to start biometric boarding for US flights

Emirates will become the first airline outside the US to use biometric technology approved by immigration authorities, so passengers on flights to its 12 US routes can cut time for security checks to two seconds.

The airline got approval from the US Customs Border Protection (CBP) for the facial recognition checks at its departure gates and expects to make biometric boarding available for all its US destinations by year-end, Emirates said in a statement on Saturday. The carrier is in talks with other countries to make the technology more widely used.

“Our ultimate aim is to help our passengers travel paperless, without the need for passports and IDs,” Abdulla Al Hashimi, divisional senior vice president at Emirates Group Security, said. “Biometric boarding is one more step in streamlining processes at our hub using digital technology, saving our customers time and giving them peace of mind.”

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Source: The Nation