Biometric boarding has been gaining steam and Korean Air wants in. As of today, November 1, Korean Air passengers flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on flight KE036 can board without having to scan their boarding passes. This is made possible thanks to Korean Air's technological cooperation with its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines.
Instead of flashing their boarding passes the traditional way, passengers will be able to board the plane after a quick facial recognition scan. The facial recognition technology employed works by snapping a picture of the passenger's face and automatically checking if it matches the passenger's boarding pass and passport information.
Although the carrier is just rolling out biometric boarding services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, it does not mean Korean Air is unfamiliar with using facial recognition technology. The carrier already utilizes airport facial recognition services in Los Angeles and Singapore.
Come December, Korean Air will be bringing facial recognition boarding to New York's JFK International Airport. The airline is optimistic the service will be well-received by its customers as facial recognition boarding generally helps reduce boarding time for passengers all while maintaining a high level of security.
On another note, Korean Air is planning to install facial recognition services that are in line with the Incheon International Airport Corporation's Smart Airport Plan. The array of initiatives laid out in the Smart Airport Plan includes ‘a walkthrough self-service security screening system, facial recognition technology-enabled SmartPass check-in and boarding, home baggage drop-off courier service and the deployment of artificial intelligence robots at passenger terminals'.